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Truck accidents Archives

Sleep apnea rule officially withdrawn

A proposed rule that would standardize sleep apnea screening requirements was to be withdrawn on Aug. 7. This was according to an announcement issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Aug. 4. It would provide objective criteria as to when truck drivers in Georgia and around the country should be subject to lab tests for the condition. It would also provide objective rules for how testing was to be conducted.

Training rules to go into effect for new truck drivers

Truckers in Georgia and throughout the country are seeing a new rule take effect to set standards for the training of aspiring truck drivers. The rule promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration became effective on June 5 following a five-month delay caused by reviews by the Trump administration.

Supreme Court declines to hear sleep apnea testing case

Many commercial vehicle operators in Georgia and all around the country require truck drivers who have a body mass index of 35 or higher to undergo sleep apnea testing. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a debilitating condition that can cause extreme fatigue and heart issues. Medical research has established that risk factors for the condition include obesity, poor dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles. Truck drivers may be more likely to develop sleep apnea because it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on the road. Employers test for the condition to reduce the likelihood of fatigue-related accidents from occurring.

Side underride guards could make large trucks safer

Georgia motorists and their passengers might be safer if large trucks have both side and rear underride guards, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Rules for rear underride guards have been moving through the federal regulatory process. Earlier in 2017, the organization conducted two 35-mph crash tests to test the safety benefits of side underride guards.

FMCSA considers regulatory updates for autonomous vehicles

Proponents of autonomous vehicle systems say that the technology could greatly reduce the number of deadly truck accidents in Georgia and around the country, but they claim that outdated regulations are deterring investors and hindering its development. Regulators from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration heard these arguments and others on April 24 during a listening session organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Fatal crashes involving large trucks

Georgia motorists should be aware that the number of trucks weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds that were involved in fatal traffic accidents around the country in 2015 rose by 8 percent over the previous year. This is according to a report that was issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Testing underway for remotely controlled commercial trucks

Many people living in Georgia work as commercial truck drivers, but technological advances could change the nature of their jobs in the future. A new tech startup has been testing its autonomous system with drivers in the cab, but the company plans to ultimately remove in-cab operators and only use remotely based drivers.

Truck inspectors on the look out for loose cargo

Truckers in Georgia can expect a thorough evaluation of their adherence to cargo securement practices when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance launches its annual inspection spree in June. During the event, inspectors will apply the North American Standard Level I check of commercial vehicles. This is a rigorous inspection that scrutinizes drivers and trucking equipment.

Commercial truck drivers and their health

Commercial truck drivers in Georgia should be aware of the results of a study conducted by the University of Utah School of Medicine. According to the study, it can be difficult for them to remain healthy due the extended periods of time they have to sit and their poor eating and sleeping habits. Also, commercial truck drivers with three or more health conditions have four times the chances of getting into a crash.

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