A recent lawsuit raises concerns that safety regulations may be compromised in the name of employment efficiency and revenue. Specifically, a truck employer claimed that his employer wrongfully terminated him for complying with federal hours-of-service regulations. He refused a load because it would have put him over his allotted service hours.
Safety precautions about smoking for truck drivers have been in place for many years. With the growing popularity of e-cigarettes or vaping, there are new concerns.
Driving on a busy Alabama highway should require a driver’s full attention to be on traffic flow and road conditions. Yet is that a realistic expectation?
Our neighbors to the east are considering adding traffic lanes solely for semis and large trucks. The study on this project currently focuses on a portion of Interstate 75 that runs between southern Atlanta and Macon.
When commercial-sized trucks crash, the damage they can cause is often extensive. And unfortunately, because commercial trucks are so heavy and so much larger than other vehicles, it is the other motorists involved in the accident who typically suffer the brunt of the damage.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a rule that will require speed limiters on trucks over 27,000 pounds. The rule has been delayed a number of times. Most recently, the date for sending the rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget was pushed back to sometime in the spring of 2016.
The trucking industry continues to move toward more automated control of trucks, taking away many tasks from the driver. While proponents of this shift to automation say it will benefit drivers, questions remain about overall safety.
Federal authorities are taking a dent in truck accidents. A recent fleet shutdown ordered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, marking the fourth this year, suggests that enforcement efforts have increased.
Are employees in certain industries more at risk of suffering brain injuries? Perhaps the most obvious example is professional football players, who routinely experience head trauma from tackles. Yet a recent crane collapse also illustrates how dangerous the construction industry can be.
Federal regulators aren’t the only ones who can take a proactive approach to minimizing truck accidents. The 12th largest commercial trucking company in America, U.S. Xpress, recently announced it would reward safe driving records among its employees with a pay raise.