Commercial trucks often rely on GPS devices while driving, especially when they are travelling across the country. While GPS devices can be very helpful, an increasing number of commercial trucks have hit bridges while diving underneath due to their GPS not being updated or not reading the map correctly.
Commercial trucking companies need to improve their safety standards to protect the public from rear-end collisions, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently reported. The IIHS reported that commercial trucking companies are still building unsafe tractor trailers that can cause fatalities in rear-end accidents with commercial trucks.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently ordered a commercial truck driver to stop driving and said the driver posed an "imminent hazard" on the road. The FMCSA does not usually declare specific drivers as dangerous but in this case, the driver's negligent actions caused a fatal accident and the FMCSA wanted to try and prevent future truck accidents from happening again.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is reminding drivers that moped riders have the same rights on the road as other motorists after a car accident fatality involving a moped and a tractor-trailer occurred earlier this week.
Commercial trucks are constantly seen on North Carolina roads. When unsafe trucks are cited for safety violations, the Department of Transportation revokes their driving privileges. Safety inspections and citations are meant to protect the public from unsafe vehicles but many commercial trucking companies have found a way to continue driving on North Carolina roads.
Recently the U.S. Senate approved a highway transportation bill, which among other things, mandates the use of electronic onboard recorders (EOBR) on commercial trucks. An EOBR is a device that records information about the operation of commercial trucks on roads across the country, including those here in North Carolina. The hope is that the device will help enforce restrictions on hours of service for drivers and employers, and in doing so, prevent trucking accidents and save lives.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that it has decided not to change its 11-hour shift limit for truck drivers. The agency was under pressure from other government transportation agencies and some members of the public to lower the cap to 10-hour shifts, in the interest of protecting other drivers on the road from fatigued truck driver accidents.