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N.Y. Home Destroyed by Tractor Trailer After Driver’s Medical Emergency

A family whose New York home was struck by a tractor trailer in May told reporters that the damage was so extensive that their only option was to demolish the house. According to WIVB Channel 4 Buffalo, the May 28 crash occurred when driver David Raney, 57, of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, suffered a medical emergency and lost control of the tractor trailer while driving along Interstate 90 in Hamburg, New York. The tractor trailer struck a utility pole and crashed through a chain-link fence before careening into the home. Hazmat crews were dispatched to the scene of the crash, ... Read More

AAA Report: Drowsy Driving As Bad or Worse Than Drunk Driving

Most drivers know that drinking and driving can result in serious injury or death, thanks to the work of groups such as M.A.D.D. and other public safety advocates. But very few realize that sleep deprivation, even at seemingly minimal levels, can be just as dangerous behind the wheel as drinking. According to a new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who miss just one to two hours of the recommended seven-hour sleep cycle in a 24-hour period nearly double at risk of crashing. The risk of crashing more than quadruples when drivers miss between two and three ... Read More

Profits Driving Hours-of-Service Rollback, Safety Takes a Back Seat

Putting business profits above public safety is the root of the problem with new measures being pushed through Congress that roll back hours-of-service (HOS) rules for commercial truck drivers to their 2011 form, allowing trucking companies to impose longer work days and driving shifts on drivers. The unsafe provisions, which have been attached to the fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill by legislators in the pocket of trucking industry lobbyists, raise the number of hours drivers are permitted to drive each week from 60 to 73, plus an additional 10 hours of non-driving work, such as ... Read More

“Fatigued driving” tops survey of reasons why someone shouldn’t have been driving

A recent survey performed by CarInsurance.com asked 2,000 drivers which times he or she drove when they shouldn’t have. Answers ranged from being too sick to even being less drunk than their companion, but the most common answer, holding an enormous 68 percent of the vote, was driving while sleepy, also known as “fatigued driving.” Fatigued driving occurs when drivers have gone for an extended period of time without a substantial amount of rest and are thereby impaired from operating a vehicle in the safest manner. Some symptoms of a driver experiencing fatigue include slower information-processing and decision-making; longer reaction ... Read More

New FMCSA app lets travelers, trip planners check bus company safety

People who frequently travel by bus and those in charge of chartering commercial buses for group travel may find the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new SaferBus application for smartphones a valuable tool and a potential lifesaver. The new app is free and available for the iPhone and Android, allows users to quickly and easily check the safety record of a bus company before choosing a carrier. “There’s more to consider than just price and convenience,” the FMCSA said, advising potential passengers and group trip planners to “Look before you book.” “If you are purchasing a bus ticket or ... Read More

Simple new test may help identify drivers at risk for sleep apnea, fatigue

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health are evaluating a new testing and screening method that may help identify commercial drivers at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleeping disorder that has been found to cause fatigue and slow reaction times. Lead researcher Stefanos N. Kales says the test, which comes in advance of a federal sleep apnea testing requirement, is “extremely promising as a potential, 10-minute frontline check for sleepiness” that can be administered at federally mandated professional drivers’ licensing exams. An abstract in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, which published the ... Read More

Maine logging truck rollover kills 5-year-old asleep in house

There is no doubt logging trucks have a bad reputation. Anyone who lives near a timber operation or along a route heavily traveled by logging trucks has heard stories about poorly secured logs coming loose on the highway and causing horrific crashes. Seldom, however, do we hear of crashes as incomprehensible and tragic as the fatal logging truck crash last Tuesday that killed a 5-year-old boy who was asleep on the couch in his house. The Bangor Daily News reports that commercial driver Christian Cloutier, 57, of Quebec, Canada, fell asleep behind the wheel of his logging truck while driving ... Read More

Families of victims killed in Oklahoma truck crash settle for $63 million

A civil lawsuit over a tractor trailer crash that killed 10 people on an Oklahoma interstate last year has been settled for nearly $63 million, according to attorneys for both sides. Attorneys representing eight of the victim’s families announced that a $62.7-million settlement had been reached on Wednesday, October 7, and covers those eight wrongful deaths and one personal injury claim. A lawsuit for family of the two other victims was settled previously. The crash happened on June 26 of last year when 76-year-old Donald Creed, a driver for Kansas-based Associated Wholesale Grocers, drove his tractor trailer into a number of ... Read More

FMCSA to introduce new motor carrier safety rating system in June

This summer, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will begin its transition from the SafeStat safety performance ranking system to the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 ranking system, generally referred to as CSA 2010. When the transition to CSA 2010 is completed, the FMCSA system will contain the safety data of all commercial motor vehicle fleets from the previous 2 years. The data will also become part of the public record, so it is essential that carriers understand the new rating system and work to improve areas of safety where they fall short or have had problems with in the past. ... Read More