West Virginia residents may be aware that many commercial vehicle accidents are caused by distracted driving. However, fatigue may also be a major factor that could result in accidents. Further, the location of rest stops could also have an impact on where fatigue-related accidents are more likely to occur.
Trucking companies in West Virginia and around the country were likely pleased when Congress passed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. In addition to earmarking funds to improve the nation's road system, the 2015 bill required the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to revise its Compliance, Safety and Accountability program. The program, which assigns carriers safety scores based on a number of criteria, was criticized by trade groups for using incomplete data and providing the public with misleading information.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 69 percent of victims in accidents involving passenger vehicles and large trucks were in the passenger vehicle. Only 16 percent of victims of accidents involving large trucks and passenger vehicles were in the truck when the collision occurred. There are many reasons why a truck accident could occur on a West Virginia road.
West Virginia residents who drive trucks or other work vehicles may be interested in the data gathered by Verizon Connect, a fleet management systems provider, as to what states are safest for people in their industry. Verizon Connect analyzed the behavior of drivers from more than 6,200 of its fleet customers, all of them small or mid-size businesses, between October 2015 and September 2017.
Some West Virginia residents may have heard of a bill that has been introduced in Congress that would allow people as young as 18 to train as commercial drivers. Although it is known as the DRIVE-Safe Act, some people have reservations about just how safe it will be.
From September 16 to 22, commercial truck drivers in West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. will undergo random brake inspections. This is part of Brake Safety Week, an annual inspection spree held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. While last year the spree was pared down to a single day, the CVSA has returned to the weeklong format as a way to better enforce brake safety guidelines.
During the first week of June, law enforcement officers in West Virginia and across the U.S. participated in the annual International Roadcheck program. The three-day initiative, which is overseen by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, subjects commercial vehicles to safety inspections. This year's focus was on truck driver fatigue.
In 97 percent of crashes involving commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, it's the occupants of the smaller vehicles who incur fatal injuries. Even when the victims survive, they can suffer catastrophic injuries. Below are a few of the most common injuries that drivers in West Virginia should know about.
Commercial truck drivers in West Virginia and the rest of the nation should be aware of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual International Roadcheck event that is scheduled to take place June 5-7, 2018. The annual three-day event, which will take place throughout North America, is used by the CVSA to highlight and enforce truck and bus safety. The focus for the 2018 event will pertain to hours-of-service compliance to coincide with the execution of the electronic logging device mandate issued by the United States Department of Transportation.
A study may be of interest to commercial truck drivers in West Virginia and around the country because it analyzes the most common factors in trucking accidents. With more than 15 million truckers on America's roads, the rate of such accidents can be rather high.