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.
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.