Everyone is tired, but it’s truck driver fatigue you should worry about

The number of road incidents involving driver drowsiness is close to eight times higher than the federal estimate, based on a recent study by AAA. Analyzing data from more than 700 dashcams and 3593 drivers, researchers looked at the 3 minutes prior to a crash. By tracking eyelid closures, they found that 9.5%  of all crashes involved drowsiness. [...]

2018-08-09T11:26:40+00:00August 9th, 2018|Truck driver fatigue|

A surprising fact about fatal truck crashes in new FMCSA report

This week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released their Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts for 2016. The annual report is compiled from state-collected data and analyzed by FMCSA. There are many interesting facts in this year's report, but one particular fact stands out to me. More than 60 percent of all fatal truck crashes happened [...]

2018-05-14T10:25:07+00:00May 14th, 2018|Roads and Infrastructure|

Why Safe Truckers are No Accident

Preliminary statistics for 2016 indicated that there was a 7-8% increase in fatalities in crashes involving trucks and buses. It’s easy to focus on the multitude of available safety systems for commercial truck fleets. But, there is much more to safe trucking than an electronic logging device and a crash mitigation system. The key element [...]

2017-03-30T18:50:13+00:00March 30th, 2017|Trucking Safety|

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|