6 important details from NTSB report on Tracy Morgan semi-truck crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is tasked with investigating serious transportation accidents. On August 11, the NTSB issued their initial report on a 2014 fatal semi-truck crash that killed one man, and seriously injured several others—including actor Tracy Morgan. See background, details on the fatal truck crash Six important details from the semi-truck crash [...]

2015-08-14T16:09:40+00:00August 14th, 2015|Truck driver fatigue|

It’s time for better drug tests for truckers

Trucking companies must drug-test all applicants when hiring truck drivers. A driver must be tested again if he or she is involved in a truck accident crash that results in a serious injury or fatality. Those results are shared with The Department of Transportation (DOT), which regulates the trucking industry. Currently, The Department of Transportation (DOT) [...]

2015-03-27T15:59:17+00:00March 27th, 2015|Alcohol and drug-related truck crashes, Truckers|

Truck Drivers Ignoring Cell Phone Ban

It’s illegal. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a blanket ban on commercial drivers using a hand-held cellular phone or texting while driving. It’s unsafe. Truck drivers are 23x more likely to crash if they are texting. And a number of trucking carriers claim that texting and driving is grounds for a driver’s immediate [...]

2014-11-18T18:51:04+00:00November 18th, 2014|Cell phone use, Distracted Drivers, Truckers|

Big mistake: Walmart blames victims in Tracy Morgan truck crash case

It’s a horrible—but common—story about a truck crash. A tractor-trailer transporting goods for Walmart rear-ended a limo bus on a highway. Law enforcement's investigation shows that the truck driver had not slept for 24 hours prior to the crash, and that he failed to pay proper attention as he approached stopped traffic. One passenger was [...]

2014-10-01T18:32:15+00:00October 1st, 2014|Following too close, Truck driver fatigue|

Not enough truck drivers, and too many accidents: what’s the solution? (Hint: it’s hire vets)

Long hours on the road. Stressful situations. Days away from home. Trucking can be a tough job. It’s not for everyone. 30,000 tractor-trailer drivers are needed across the U.S. right now, the American Trucking Association (ATA) estimates. Another 100,000 will be needed every year for the next decade. Economic growth leads to more goods being [...]

2018-11-25T21:37:04+00:00August 25th, 2014|Truckers|

Celebrity injured in truck crash shows why we need trucker sleep laws

Many truck drivers operate on our highways after long hours behind the wheel without proper rest and sleep. This fact came to the forefront when the popular comedian, Tracy Morgan, was seriously injured in a crash with an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. Walmart employed the driver of the tractor-trailer. It was reported that he had been awake [...]

2014-08-04T17:41:49+00:00August 4th, 2014|Truck driver fatigue|

Sleepy Truck Drivers

Federal Regulations require that no truck driver shall operate a vehicle while the driver's ability is impaired or is likely to become impaired through fatigue. This means that a driver whose ability to safely operate his truck is impaired because he is tired or his ability is likely to become impaired because he is tired [...]

2012-01-10T17:04:20+00:00January 10th, 2012|Truck driver fatigue, Truckers|

Keep a Look-out

The fall has arrived and soon we will be in winter.  It is this time of year that greater care is needed when traveling on our roadways.  Often, as I travel on Pacific Northwest freeways, I watch Trucks go speeding by me without regard to the weather conditions.  Rain conditions require defensive driver practices.  Stopping [...]

2011-09-26T15:47:57+00:00September 26th, 2011|Truckers, Trucking Safety|

Trucks and Speed

A truck driver must maintain a proper speed at all times.  Proper speeds depends on many critical factors.       These factors, include: *Traffic conditions *Road and Weather conditions *Skill and Experience *Load Weight and Type *Visibilty *Posted Speed Limit *Road Shape - Curves and Grades Speed control means operating at the proper speed [...]

2011-08-05T16:38:58+00:00August 5th, 2011|Following too close, Truckers, Trucking Safety|