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Most Truck Driver Workplace Fatalities Linked to Accidents

Saturday, February 21, 2015

An overwhelming majority of the truck driver workplace accident fatalities in the United States are linked to crashes. Trucking accidents, in fact, account for approximately 65% of all the work place fatalities involving truck drivers in the country. For truck drivers, there is no activity more dangerous than driving a truck.

According to the data, in 2012, approximately 317,000 accidents were reported. These accidents resulted in the deaths of 700 drivers or passengers. Approximately 10,000 drivers were injured in these accidents. One common factor in many of the truck accident fatalities was that they were not wearing their seatbelt at the time.

The report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that in 2012, more than one in three truck drivers who died in accidents, were not wearing seat belts at the time. The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention estimates that as many as 30% of these trucking accident fatalities could have been prevented if the drivers had been wearing seatbelts at the time.

Truck drivers in those states that have primary enforcement seat belt laws for truck drivers were much more likely to report wearing a seat belt while driving. As many as 40% of the drivers overall, reported that they did not wear a seatbelt during every trip.

The researchers speculate that increased enforcement of truck driver seat belt laws could possibly encourage drivers to buckle up while driving. They also recommend modifications to truck engineering and design to provide drivers with improved range of motion and other adjustments that would increase and promote seatbelt use. Currently, many drivers neglect wearing seatbelts, because these are uncomfortable and impede movement.

To learn how you can file a claim against a trucking company for your accident, speak with a trucking accident lawyer in Burbank.

Pilot Project Aims to Provide Truckers with Rest Stops

Sunday, October 19, 2014

One of the biggest reasons why truckers continue to drive even while they're fatigued and too sleepy to drive is because they do not have access to a safe place to pull over and rest. If a driver does find a truck stop, he may not have a vacant parking spot at the stop. A new project that has been kick started in Minnesota aims to provide targeted information to drivers about available vacant parking spots in the truck stop coming up on their route.

The project has been kicked off by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with researchers at the University Of Minnesota. The project involves a system that provides truckers real-time information about vacant parking spots at trucking stops along their route. That gives truckers valuable input they will use to decide whether to drive on, or pull over at the parking area.

The system uses cameras that scan truck stops, and finds out how many vacant spots are there, relaying this information to the Department of Transportation website and also truckers. However, for the trucker to receive this information, his cab must be wired to receive those alerts. It's too early to tell whether the project will be successful in helping reduce sleepy driving, and the accuracy of the system will grow to 95%.

Fatigue driving by truck drivers is a contributor to trucking accidents in Burbank, and a serious transportation safety problem that affects not only the safety of the truck driver, but also other motorists on the highway. However, the fact is also that there are several reasons for fatigued driving, including violation of Hours of Service rules, long journeys, and too-long routes. Merely helping the truck driver locate a parking spot or a truck stop may not help, if the driver is being encouraged by the employer to violate Hours Of Service rules, and drive beyond the legally permissible hours.

Federal Study Urges Spotlight on Truck Driver Health

Monday, February 24, 2014

The health of commercial trucking drivers doesn't normally receive a lot of attention in the media, although the accidents that are caused when unfit drivers doze off at the wheel, or have a medical emergency, do make the headlines. Burbank trucking accident lawyers find that the commercial trucking driver population is at a high risk of poor health, because of a number of factors. A new study that was conducted recently by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that a high incidence of several lifestyle-related conditions in commercial trucking drivers, including obesity, hypertension, and a number of other cardiovascular conditions.

The study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health actually found that long-haul truck drivers in this country have a risk of being obese that is twice as high compared to the general adult population. This population was also much more likely to be at risk for smoking, and other risk factors for chronic disease, including hypertension. About 69% of the drivers studied as part of the research were reported as being obese, while 54% smoked, and 88% reported at least one risk factor for chronic disease. In the general population, just about 54% had a minimum of one risk factor for chronic disease.

Truck driver health is a major safety concern because a truck driver, who is obese, suffering from hypertension, diabetes, or any other kind of medical condition, is more likely to have a medical emergency at the wheel. An emergency like this can cause an accident with catastrophic consequences not just for the truck driver, but also other motorists on the road. Besides, obesity contributes to a sleep condition called sleep apnea, which contributes to fatigue and could lead to a truck driver dozing off at the wheel, increasing the risk of being involved in an accident.


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