Why we say “crash” instead of “accident”

 We have updated the language on TruckingWatchdog.com and Coluccio-Law.com to use the word "crash" instead of "accident".  Here’s why we want to use crash, not accident. There is a public health crisis on the roads. More than 35,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. last year. 35,000 is the entire population of [...]

2016-10-24T16:40:03+00:00October 24th, 2016|Trucking Watchdog Info|

Why are truck, car crash deaths up for the first time in 50 years?

Fatalities in crashes involving large trucks rose 4.1% from 2014 to 2015. Specifically, 4,067 people lost their lives in large truck-related crashes. This is the highest number of truck crash deaths since 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). We also saw a sharp rise in overall traffic deaths in 2015. Our [...]

2016-10-12T17:42:24+00:00October 12th, 2016|Semi truck crash causes|

Trucking Tech: New crash avoidance system study results are amazing

A couple of years ago, a Walmart truck rear-ended a limo van at a ridiculously high rate of speed. One man was killed, and several others seriously injured—including actor Tracy Morgan. That crash was investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). This slide from the NTSB’s presentation shows the crushed interior of the limo [...]

2016-06-17T18:43:18+00:00June 17th, 2016|Trucking Technology|

The Trucking Watchdog Explains: What does NTSB do?

The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent body within the federal government that investigates all plane crashes in the U.S., as well as significant crashes on our highways, and maritime and train accidents. What does NTSB do? Most people, if they've heard of NTSB at all, associate the organization with plane crash investigations. They do [...]

2016-06-10T16:35:37+00:00June 10th, 2016|Federal Agencies and Laws|

Trucking Tech: Watch how a $30k retrofit makes an autonomous truck

A tech start-up is betting on an autonomous truck hitting the road in the U.S. —and soon. The former Google engineers at Otto designed a $30,000 kit that can retrofit semi-trucks with new autonomous driving technology. The autonomous truck package includes extra cameras, radar, and lights sensors. A computer gathers all of that information, adds [...]

2016-06-01T19:15:43+00:00June 1st, 2016|Safety and Technology|

The Trucking Watchdog Explains: What does the USDOT do?

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT, or DOT) is the federal government agency in charge of transportation planning, funding, and safety. The top priorities at DOT are to keep the traveling public safe and secure, increase their mobility, and have our transportation system contribute to the nation's economic growth.  - transportation.gov   What does [...]

2016-05-12T17:47:43+00:00May 12th, 2016|Federal Agencies and Laws|