Audit Finds Weaknesses in Oversight of Truck Driver Medical Exam Data

Audit Finds Weaknesses in Oversight of Truck Driver Medical Exam Data A new audit has revealed multiple flaws in how a key federal agency monitors the qualifications of medical examiners who examine commercial truck drivers and certify they are physically healthy enough to get b...

Nearly Half of Commercial Vehicle Drivers at Risk for Sleep Apnea, Study Says

Nearly Half of Commercial Vehicle Drivers at Risk for Sleep Apnea, Study Says Nearly half of commercial vehicle drivers may be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a chronic medical condition that can cause sleepiness behind the wheel, according to a new study. The study ...

How Can Trucking Companies Improve the Safety of Semi Trucks?

Semi-truck accidents are often fatal. According to the IIHS and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s reporting system, a total of 4,136 people died in large truck crashes in 2018. The majority, 67%, of those crashes were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles. With ...

Truck Driver Fatigue Myths That Endanger Roadways

We all get tired. It is the nature of life in 2018. Many of us have families, jobs, volunteering, sporting events, chores and other daily routines that consistently drain our energy. No matter how busy you might get, however, you should not get behind the wheel of a care while fa...

Are Truckers Held to the Same Distracted Driving Standards?

Twenty years ago, the phrase "distracted driving" wasn't common. Instead, safety efforts to combat drunk driving and increase the use of safety belts were the main safe driving concerns. Today, we all have our cell phones and busy schedules, including commercial truck drivers. Tr...

Summer Is Not a Vacation From Truck Accident Risks

Although winter driving is treacherous in many parts of the country, summer heat can be just as dangerous. More extreme weather is happening everywhere and during every season, and it seems no state is immune from extreme cold or heat. With summer approaching, frost and rain won'...

USDOT Taking Steps to Improve Commercial Vehicle Safety

In September 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced awards of over $70 million in safety-focused grants. States and educational institutions received training, education, and technology grants and funding to imp...

Driver Shortage Means Increased Risk of Truck Crashes

Driver Shortage and Truck Accidents The United States is currently facing a severe shortage of truck drivers. While this fact is alarming, it isn't surprising. Driving a semi-truck is hard: There are the long days and weeks—sometimes even months—away from home. Myr...

Truck Wrecks Across Texas: Here’s What You Should Know

It can be hard to get a clear picture of the state of truck accidents in Texas without looking at the data. Fortunately, there are several places to look. The Texas Department of Transportation collects and reports on motor vehicle accident facts annually. The National Highway Tr...