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Bad Driver Causes Tractor-Trailer To Plummet Off Texas Overpass

A tractor-trailer that was struck by a careless driver plummeted off a highway overpass in Sugar Land, Texas, and landed on top of a Toyota sedan Jan. 11. A spokesman for the Sugar Land Police Department told Houston’s KPRC Channel 2 that it’s a “miracle” nobody was seriously injured or killed in the crash. According to KPRC, authorities said it was raining heavily when a gold-color SUV was spotted driving erratically and weaving in and out of lanes on Highway 59 southbound.  The SUV collided with the tractor-trailer, causing the tractor-trailer to crash into another car. The truck then hydroplaned, ... Read More

Traffic Fatalities Rise Again in 2016

Traffic fatalities in the U.S., already at a 50-year high, leaped again last year dramatically, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic data collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia show that 37,461 people were killed on U.S. highways and roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2015, NHTSA reported. Part of the rise in traffic fatalities can be attributed to a corresponding leap in the number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016. According to NHTSA, vehicle miles traveled increased by 2.2 percent last year, resulting in about 1.18 deaths per ... Read More

Trailer Manufacturer Wins Award for Rear Underride Safety Guards

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded Chicago-based trailer designer and manufacturer Great Dane with its Toughguard award, which recognizes rear underride guards that serve to prevent deadly underride crashes in which a car or other passenger vehicle rear-ends a trailer and runs under it, often shearing the roof off the vehicle and killing its occupants. The dangers of underride crashes became national news when actress Jayne Mansfield collided with the back of a tractor-trailer on a Slidell, Louisiana, highway in 1967. The horrific nature of the crash, which decapitated Ms. Mansfield, triggered the very first calls for ... Read More

NHTSA Releases Guidelines For Electronics Manufacturers Addressing Driver Distraction

Addressing an historic surge in deadly traffic crashes nationwide, federal transportation regulators have proposed guidelines for developers of portable and aftermarket electronics that aim to reduce driver distraction and promote better safety on roads. The proposed voluntary guidelines encourage electronics manufacturers and developers to implement features such as pairing, where a portable device is automatically linked to a vehicle’s infotainment system, and Driver Mode – a simplified user interface. Both pairing and a Driver Mode interface would reduce the potential for unsafe driver distraction by reducing the time a driver’s eyes are off the road while at the same time ... Read More

Fuel Tanker Crashes And Explodes In Deadly Baltimore Multi-Vehicle Pileup

A massive pile-up involving nearly 70 vehicles, including a fuel tanker truck that plummeted off a bridge and exploded, left two people dead and dozens of others injured on I-95 in Baltimore Saturday morning. Baltimore authorities investigating the deadly pileup haven’t determined what might have set off the chain reaction of crashes, but they took place at a time when ice and arctic temperatures caused havoc on interstates and roads across much of the country. Maryland Department of Transportation officials said that 68 vehicles were involved in the pileup. A man identified as Marvellous Amasiatu was filming traffic on I-95, ... Read More

Bus Crash In California Desert Kills 13, Injures 31

Thirteen people are dead and dozens of others injured after a tour bus collided with a tractor-trailer near Palm Springs, Calif., Sunday morning on its return to Los Angeles from a casino run. The 1996 MCI bus, registered to USA Holiday, was traveling at an excessive rate of speed when it rammed the back of a tractor trailer, California Highway Patrol division Chief Jim Abele told CNN. The collision occurred on Interstate 10 westbound at 5:17 a.m. “The speed of the bus was so significant that when it hit the back of the big rig … the trailer itself entered ... Read More

Staying Safe on Halloween, The Most Dangerous Night of the Year For Kids

Here’s a scary fact: Did you know that Halloween ranks as the third-deadliest day of the year for pedestrians? According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) records, an average of 30 pedestrians are killed every Oct. 31 – nearly triple the number of pedestrian fatalities that occur on an average day in the U.S. It’s mostly children that account for the leap in fatalities on Halloween. In fact, Halloween is the deadliest day in the U.S. for children. Injuries abound as well on Halloween. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that more than 3,500 people suffer from ... Read More

Commercial Driver Shortage Means More Seniors Behind The Wheel

Faced with a severe shortage of commercial drivers, many U.S. companies and commercial driving schools are actively recruiting seniors in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s. But along with the increasing number of senior commercial drivers comes an uptick in the number of crashes involving commercial tractor trailers. A CBS News analysis of crash data found that there has been a 19 percent increase in the number of commercial truck crashes involving seniors in the last three years. According to CBS, there were nearly 7,000 commercial truck crashes between 2013 and 2015 in 12 states alone. The issue of seniors ... Read More

Bus Driver In Deadly Louisiana Crash Says Employer Knew He Was Unlicensed

The driver who lost control of a bus near New Orleans last month, slamming into a fire truck and two other vehicles, told investigators his employer knew that he was unlicensed. Denis Yasmir Amaya Amaya-Rodriguez, a 37-year-old undocumented immigrant from Honduras, told Jambalaya News Louisiana that he didn’t want to drive a commercial bus on the morning of Aug. 28 because he was unlicensed and unqualified. Mr. Amaya-Rodriguez departed from the Target in Metairie with two dozen passengers headed to Baton Rouge.  About 20 miles later, his bus plowed into two passenger vehicles and a fire truck stopped at the ... Read More

U.S. Grants Border States $32 Million For International Commercial Carrier Safety

The 15 U.S. states that share a border with Mexico or Canada are receiving an injection of federal funding to help keep roads safe by stepping up inspections to ensure foreign commercial carriers are in compliance with U.S. safety laws and regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said this month it is providing states with international border crossings $32 million in grants. The funds will go to the transportation departments of all the eligible states to help authorities make sure all commercial trucks and drivers are properly licensed to operate on U.S. roads. The Border Enforcement Grant (BEG) ... Read More