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.
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.
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 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.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has officially delayed the start date of a new rule that sets national training standards for truck drivers in Georgia and across the U.S. The move comes in response to a Jan. 20 memorandum by President Trump ordering federal agencies to temporarily freeze all pending rules for 60 days.
Taking the right action after a truck accident can make a tremendous difference for the victims involved. Few people, outside of truck drivers, have any experience with truck wrecks when they experience their own. That lack of experience can lead to costly mistakes. Here are a few tips on what to do if you are involved in a crash with a semi-truck.
As part of its Driver's Distraction Guidelines, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published a voluntary set of regulations that would encourage cellphone manufacturers to disable a number of features in their devices when a user is driving. The goal of the recommendations is to cut down on distracted driving, which is a significant cause of Georgia car and truck accidents.
President-elect Donald Trump's campaign pledge to curb regulations has road safety advocates in Georgia and around the country worried. Trump has urged federal agencies to remove two existing regulations for every new rule put into place. While cutting red tape is seen by some as a positive step, groups like Road Safe America are concerned about how Trump's promises could impact pending regulations published in August 2016 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Law enforcement agencies in Georgia and across the country warned or ticketed 19,657 truck and passenger vehicle drivers during the 2016 Operation Safe Driver Week. A further 991 motorists were pulled over by Canadian police between Oct. 16 and Oct. 22. The annual weeklong safety effort, which first took place in 2007, is organized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration working in conjunction with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
Georgia truck drivers will still have jobs as automated big rigs become more common, but the industry will change drastically in other ways, according to the American Transportation Research Institute. There is still a great deal of groundwork to be done, including updating infrastructure, before autonomous trucks can play a significant role in the industry. Much of this infrastructure work, which includes smoother highways and communication between highways and vehicles, must be done by the public sector and not private companies.