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Mandated rest periods aim to reduce trucking accident rates

Driving a commercial truck is hard work. There are firm deadlines, a constant need for attentiveness, and life or death consequences if a driver makes a mistake. Many times, employers offer pay incentives for drivers who meet their deadlines. This, in turn, can inspire truck drivers to intentionally violate federal laws that mandate rests, breaks, and sleep time during each trip they take.

Many accidents with large trucks are avoidable

Accidents involving large trucks are especially dangerous considering the great disparity in size and weight with the passenger cars and light trucks that are also involved. Many of these collisions between big rigs and smaller vehicles result in fatalities to those occupants of the passenger vehicles.

Will mandatory speed limiters reduce trucking accidents?

Since March 2014, the Department of Transportation has been working toward mandating the use of Electronic Control Modules (ECM), or speed limiters, for large commercial trucks traveling over U.S. highways. The proposed ruling has experienced nearly two years of delays but, as of April 28, 2016, the Senate's Appropriations Committee passed a 2017 DOT funding bill that would make that date the deadline for publishing the rules for mandating the use of governors or speed limiters on these trucks. There are expectations, though, for this deadline to change due to the slim chance of legislation clearing Congress and the President signing it into law. Those who are opposed to the mandate have no complaints about the delay, though.

Pursuing damages after a New Jersey trucking accident

Compared to the average automobile in New Jersey, a semi-truck is a gigantic and lumbering monstrosity that can cause absolute destruction in a collision. Indeed, the typical car does not have a chance when it is involved in a traffic accident with a giant semi-truck. As a result, these kinds of accidents often result in catastrophic injury and death.

Federal investigators present findings on Tracy Morgan crash

It's been over a year since the devastating accident that seriously injured actor/comedian Tracy Morgan and several others and killed another comedian, James McNair. The group was traveling home from a Delaware performance when a Walmart tractor-trailer crashed into their limousine van on the New Jersey Turnpike. The van then struck several other vehicles before rolling over.

Distracted driving rules for moving hazardous materials

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have teamed up to make the roads safer by laying out rules regarding distracted driving for truck drivers who are transporting hazardous materials. These rules are very similar to those used for standard truck drivers, but they are potentially even more important due to the damage that a spill of hazardous materials can cause.

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