Sleepy Tennessee Truck Drivers at the Heart of New FMCSA Hours-of-Service Rules

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Drowsy or fatigued driving leads to over 100,000 motor vehicle accidents each year, killing 1,550 people and causing over 40,000 injuries according to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both NHTSA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are working to prevent fatal car accidents and other motor vehicle crashes that result in injury by focusing on preventing fatigued driving. The FMCSA recently announced new rules related to hours of service for truck drivers, aimed specifically at curbing drowsy driving of semi- and other cargo-trucks. The current 11-hour daily limitation on truck drivers will remain, but limits on hours worked per…

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What Is the True Cause of Tennessee Truck Accidents?

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The American Trucking Association (ATA) doesn’t believe that truck driver fatigue is a major contributor to the number of truck accidents that occur on Tennessee highways and other U.S. roadways. Citing data from the Large Truck Crash Causation Study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and more recent reports, missteps by the driver rather than his or her own alertness, contribute to 9 out of 10 accidents. As the FMCSA has increasingly focused on driver fatigue through new restrictions on hours of service, it has neglected more frequent causes of truck accidents, such as excessive speed, weather or…

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Unlicensed 16-Year-Old Crashes Big Rig

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

One need only search Google News under the keywords “big rig” to find the scores oftruck accidents that occur across the nation. Big rigs routinely flip and overturn, truck drivers fall asleep, and cargo shifts and falls out of moving vehicles. And on December 7, 2010, an unlicensed 16-year-old fell asleep while driving a big rig full of sour cream. He crashed into a mobile home park. Fortunately, no one appears to have been injured, but serious injuries are pretty likely in any motor vehicle accident that involves commercial trucks. Don Floyd is a truck driver with more than 30…

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FMCSA Rules on Electronic Logbooks

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

In an effort to curb truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is going to require nearly 5,700 interstate truck and bus companies to use new electronic tracking of service hours for each driver. Commercial carriers are required to closely track their drivers’ hours of service for safety reasons. Drivers must avoid fatigue by limiting their hours and taking mandated rest periods. Drivers have traditionally maintained their own manual logbooks or used older, less advanced electronic tracking devices. The FMCSA, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, aims to reduce safety violations and fraudulent records by moving toward…

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