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.
Every year, West Virginia commercial vehicles, drivers and companies are inspected during the three-day International Roadcheck. The 2018 effort, which is scheduled to take place from June 5 to June 7, will focus on hours-of-service compliance.
West Virginia truck drivers may have more flexibility in their 14-hour daily clock if a proposal by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is adopted. OOIDA submitted a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggesting that drivers should be able to eliminate the mandated half-hour rest break that must be taken in the first eight hours and should be able to pause the clock for up to three hours. The requirement to take 10 consecutive hours off would remain in place under the OOIDA proposal.
Drivers in West Virginia should be aware that truck accidents are some of the most fatal for car occupants. One type of accident that occurs frequently is the side underride crash, where a car collides into the side of a truck and slides underneath it; in many cases, the roof is crushed and the occupants decapitated. 200 people in America die every year inside underride crashes.
One man was killed in a fatal collision involving a car, a coal truck and a house near Kimberly. The incident took place on Dic. 21st, at around 2:30 p.m. on Armstrong Creek Road and left the road closed in both directions while crews cleaned up the debris.
West Virginia doctors may someday have access to a saliva test that can diagnose a concussion in children, according to a new study. The test would also be able to estimate the length of time symptoms will last.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a study saying that safety technology can help prevent 63,000 commercial truck accidents every year. It analyzed the benefits as compared to the cost of four technologies in particular, which were automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning systems, video-based onboard safety monitoring systems and air disc brakes. Drivers in West Virginia will likely feel more at ease when trucks are equipped with such devices. In fact, a AAA companion survey showed that one in four adults share this opinion.
Many West Virginia motorists get a bit nervous when they have to share the road with large commercial trucks. Research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has identified driver fatigue and insufficient vehicle maintenance as contributors to many crashes, including fatal ones.
In West Virginia and across the U.S., many truck drivers are endangering themselves and others because of certain medical conditions. While trucking companies may pull a driver after diagnosing a major condition, they are liable to ignore the interplay between multiple conditions.