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What are underride truck crashes?

Underride truck crashes occur when a passenger car gets pinned underneath the trailer of a large commercial truck. Truck crashes generally result in catastrophe and fatal injuries. Underride truck crashes are rarely survivable, however. Once a car gets crushed underneath a trailer, the driver and front-seat passenger will likely be decapitated. Any car occupants who...

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Are truck drivers with sleep apnea a danger?

Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially fatal sleep disorder that involves loud snoring and repeated stops and starts when breathing. The condition affects about four percent of the population. According to an article in Freight Waves, however, it affects up to 35 percent of truck drivers. The article identifies three types of sleep apnea....

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How to safely share the road with trucks

Passenger car drivers often share major roadways with large commercial trucks. If you travel interstates 69 or 469 (or any other major roadway in the Fort Wayne area), you likely see these massive vehicles traveling down the highway at high speeds. Due to the sheer size and weight of large commercial trucks, passenger car drivers...

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Which types of truck crashes are preventable?

Large commercial trucks are an essential part of our economy. In most cases, the drivers who operate these big rigs are able to do so without posing a risk to Indiana road users. Sometimes truck drivers, and the companies that employ them, make errors that result in catastrophes – many of which are preventable. Transportation...

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The FMCSA's proposed changes to hours-of-service regulations may put drivers at risk

The current hours-of-service (HOS) regulations exist for a reason: to prevent crashes caused by truck drivers who get drowsy behind wheel. According to EHS Today, changes to the HOS rules have been proposed by trucking industry advocates the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). “This proposed rule seeks to enhance safety...

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Hi-Tech May Stop Truck Crashes Caused by Distracted Driving

A recent study conducted by artificial intelligence startup Nauto refutes data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claiming an average of nine people are killed daily in the US due to distracted driving, according to an article in Freight Waves. Founded in 2015, Nauto’s mission is to help fleets achieve zero collisions by...

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