New entry-level training and commercial driver rules could reduce truck crashes

Entry-level truck drivers with commercial licensing requirements will face significant changes to training rules and regulations in 2020. New Commercial Driver Rules According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA), new rules will soon apply to entry-level commercial truck drivers. On February 7, 2020, new national training standards will apply to all entry-level driver [...]

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

In 2008, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were over 4,000 deaths caused by accidents involving large trucks.  Most of the deaths, approximately 2,760 were passenger vehicle occupants. Commons causes of large truck accidents include: *Speeding *Overloaded Trucks and Trailers * Sleep deprivation * Inadequte training * Failure to have a [...]

“Preventable Accidents” in Trucker’s Defensive Driving Code

Motor carriers are supposed to train their drivers. That training should provide the appropriate skills and knowledge which would allow them to avoid preventable crashes— which they call "preventable accidents."* In the trucking industry, "preventable accidents" are crashes in which a truck driver or motor carrier failed to act in a reasonably expected manner to prevent [...]