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Trucking death increase may be linked to conflict with HOS rules

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of large-truck fatalities reached a 29-year high in 2017. A total of 4,761 people, including about 1,300 truckers, were killed that year. In Illinois and across the U.S., truckers have expressed their opinions as to what might be behind the increase.

What fleet owners should know about distracted driving

In a AAA survey, 88 percent of respondents said that they believe distracted driving is on the rise whereas a smaller percentage said the same for aggressive, drugged and drunk driving. Truck fleet owners in Illinois should know the dangers of distracted driving so that they can come up with effective ways to prevent accidents among their drivers.

How ELD requirements impact drivers and consumers

In December 2017, truck drivers in Illinois and elsewhere were required to start using electronic logging devices (ELDs). Generally speaking, truck drivers tend to not like the requirement. In fact, some have complained that it makes their jobs more dangerous and reduces their pay. The electronic devices monitor a vehicle's engine to determine how many hours it has been driven in a given day. In the past, drivers had the option of using an ELD or logging their hours by hand.

Nearly 12,000 vehicles put out of service in CVSA roadcheck

Truckers in Illinois may remember the International Roadcheck that took place from June 5 to 7. Once a year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds this event across North America, stopping trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles at random for vehicle and driver inspections. Of the 67,502 inspections conducted this year, 45,400 were the comprehensive Level I inspections.

Long work hours and deadline pressure cause truck driver fatigue

Long stretches of highway in Illinois can wear down any motorist, but commercial truck drivers often fight through their fatigue to meet delivery deadlines. Schedules and company incentives for early deliveries add to the pressure to ignore weariness and keep on trucking. Drowsy driving, however, impairs driving abilities in a manner similar to drinking alcohol. Tired drivers have slower reaction times, difficulty focusing on their surroundings and impaired judgment. A truck driver who completely falls asleep behind the wheel could cause a serious or even fatal crash.

Initiatives aim to improve truck brake safety

When drivers in Illinois take to the roadways, one of the most frightening thoughts that come to mind could be the potential of a collision with an 18-wheeler or semitruck. Due to the size, weight and mass of these vehicles, a crash involving a large truck poses a severe risk to the safety and lives of others on the road. The hazard of a crash involving such a truck is escalated when these vehicles do not receive proper maintenance. For example, negligently maintained truck brakes could mean that the truck fails to stop in slippery conditions or an emergency situation.

Fatal trucking accidents on the rise

Many people in Illinois and across the country worry about the danger of experiencing a crash or collision when they get behind the wheel and take to the roads. Even drivers who concentrate on safety cannot control the actions and behavior of others on the road, and accidents caused by others' negligent driving can lead to serious injuries and even fatalities. The concern can be particularly significant when it comes to trucking accidents because the size and mass of these vehicles might mean a devastating outcome for passenger car drivers, pedestrians and others.

CVSA schedules Operation Safe Driver Week for July

Commercial truck drivers in Illinois should know about the Operation Safe Driver Program, which was created by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in the effort to reduce traffic injuries and deaths. As part of the program, the CVSA will be holding Operation Safe Driver Week from July 15 to 21. Law enforcement officials nationwide will be on the lookout for unsafe driving behavior in commercial trucks as well as the vehicles near them.

Understanding settlements after a truck accident

In Illinois, many accidents involving large trucks are settled without going to trial. Plaintiffs and defendants are able to negotiate settlement agreements at any time during the litigation of the claims. It is important for people to understand the settlement process and what they might expect.

FMCSA begins hard enforcement of ELD mandate in April

Commercial truck drivers in Illinois and elsewhere in the U.S. may be struggling to comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation's mandate that their trucks come with electronic logging devices to record their duty status. They should know that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been providing truckers with a period of soft enforcement ever since the mandate was implemented in December 2017.