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Targeting trucker fatigue to improve safety

If you have ever been on a relatively quiet stretch of highway at night, you may well have seen one or more tractor trailers or other large commercial vehicles. Driving at night is a reality for truckers, especially those on long haul routes. Unfortunately that reality may also open the door to these drivers becoming tired and therefore less safe when operating their rigs. Too many trucking crashes have been attributed to driver fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does have in place rules that aim to reduce or eliminate trucker fatigue.

Woman killed by trucker on shoulder of freeway

People in Missouri know that sharing the road with tractor trailers, dump trucks and other large commercial vehicles can be extremely dangerous. Fatigue, impairment, distraction, vehicle malfunction and more may all contribute to serious accidents in which innocent people are injured or even killed through no fault of their own.

What should you know about the dangers of logging trucks?

Logging is a necessary industry in our economy. People across the country rely on timber for their homes, furniture and other items. How does raw timber get from the forests of Missouri and elsewhere to various destinations? Like many other items that are shipped across the United States, large trucks are usually involved. As you know, commercial trucks are a factor in many accidents.

Fatal FedEx crash shows not all truck accidents involve big rigs

Trucks are involved in a large portion of motor vehicle accidents in Missouri and across the country. The size and speed of large semis traveling on America’s highways can turn deadly in collisions. Trucks are known for being unwieldy in heavy traffic and unable to stop quickly. However, it is not only these huge 18-wheelers that people need to be wary of. Smaller commercial trucks, such as delivery trucks and those that people can rent for moving also present dangers on highways and city streets.

Trucker stress may cause dangerous driving conditions

Most people in Missouri and elsewhere have encountered large trucks on highways and city roads. It is a normal part of life to share the road with 18-wheelers, but this does not mean it is any less dangerous. Large trucks have been involved in countless fatal accidents across the country over the years. A truck driver’s stress level and lifestyle may be factors that contribute to accident risks.




Last week the Kansas City Star ran an article on truck safety rules, and shared concerns regarding the incoming administration and changes to existing legislation meant to keep our roads safe. Things like fewer rest breaks, increasing the weight limit on trucks to more than 90,000 pounds, and increasing the length of trailers don't seem like game changers, but they can have a big impact on our roadways.

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