The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that large-truck fatalities in the U.S. went up 9 percent from 4,369 in 2016 to 4,761 in 2017. About 1,300 of these were truckers while the rest were occupants of the other vehicle. Truckers and truck fleet owners in Wyoming should know that some are attributing this increase to conflicts with current hours-of-service rules.
Overall, the roads throughout Wyoming and the rest of the country are becoming safer. However, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests fatalities involving large trucks are on the rise. According to NHTSA figures, vehicle traffic fatalities decreased by nearly 2 percent in 2017. Fatal collisions with larger vehicles, on the other hand, spiked by nearly 10 percent over the prior year.
In August 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed some changes to the hours-of-service rules for commercial truck drivers. Truckers and employers in Wyoming should know that the FMCSA is welcoming comments on these proposals. It is conducting public listening sessions at various locations as well.
Distracted driving accidents are some of the most severe in terms of injuries to passengers and damage to vehicles. Furthermore, distracted driving burdens trucking companies and other fleets with the delays that arise when employees are pulled over or undergo roadside inspections. That's why various companies have developed new tech that can help detect when drivers are distracted.
Commercial truck drivers in Wyoming and the rest of the country should make sure that they are able to get enough sleep before getting on the road. Drowsy driving is believed to result in at least 100,000 motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States, and due to their substantial weight and size, the most dangerous vehicles that can be involved in these accidents are big rigs.
Truckers in Wyoming will want to know that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has set its annual Brake Safety Week for September 16 to 22. This inspection spree is meant to ensure that truckers and all drivers of commercial motor vehicles are maintaining their brakes according to the manufacturer's guidelines. Improperly installed or maintained brakes can increase stopping distance and endanger public safety.
Wyoming residents who drive commercial vehicles may be interested to learn that fatal truck accidents increased slightly in 2016. The increase was 3 percent over 2015, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration.
Rather than going through a prolonged trial in civil court, victims of truck accidents in Wyoming have the option of settling out of court. They may find that the other side is also willing to go this route. It not only saves time and money but also creates a confidential environment, where both sides can speak candidly rather than defensively about who is responsible and how much should be paid out. Neither side makes any admission of fault.
The 2018 International Roadcheck has been slated for June 5 to 7, so commercial truck drivers and bus drivers in Wyoming will want to make sure they're compliant with all vehicle- and driver-related safety guidelines. This annual event, conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, is a commercial truck and bus inspection spree that takes place across North America.
It may seem like a silly question, but why do truck accidents happen? The cynical and obvious answer is that a truck collided with another vehicle, and the reason is't exactly important because accidents are just a part of life. But the reasons why these truck accidents happen is incredibly important, especially when it comes to determining liability and overall civil liability should a personal injury lawsuit be filed.