Sharing the road with even the safest of commercial truck drivers is nerve-racking. These vehicles are big, they travel fast and some truckers don't really care about anyone else on the road.
It's your hope that everyone on the road is as courteous and safe as you are. However, you know this doesn't always hold true, as there are people out there who are in the habit of driving recklessly.
If you've spent any time on the many highways that run through the state of North Carolina, you know that sharing the road with commercial trucks effectively is critical to your safety.
Drivers in North Carolina can receive a commercial driver's license as young as 18 years old, but they cannot travel interstate until they are 21. It is a rule held nationwide except by Hawaii, but now a certain bill proposes to change this rule and allow interstate travel to all truckers. Known as the DRIVE-Safe Act, the bipartisan bill was introduced in February 2019 and became the subject of a Senate Commerce Transportation and Safety Subcommittee hearing.
Driving a commercial motor vehicle in North Carolina comes with a lot of safety risks. While it may seem relatively innocent, drowsiness is among the most dangerous for commercial drivers. Unlike other risks, though, drowsiness can be averted; in fact, if one does not take steps to avert it, then one can be considered negligent. The following tips can help truckers avoid becoming a hazard in this way.
According to traffic safety experts, drowsy driving is a major problem on roads in North Carolina and nationwide. Sleep apnea is one of the reasons drivers aren't getting enough rest, and research shows that truckers are up to 11 times more likely to suffer from it.
Truck accidents occur all too frequently in North Carolina and across the country, and many of these are the fault of truckers who violate federal safety regulations. To fight this negligence, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds a three-day inspection spree every year called the International Roadcheck. The roadcheck for 2020 will be held from May 5 to 7.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued the results of a large-truck causation study in 2006. Now, it intends to conduct another study along the same lines, one that takes into account various changes over the previous decade. Truckers and other drivers in North Carolina should know that the FMCSA announced its intention in January 2020. It's now seeking info on how best to proceed with the study.
Semi-trucks are oftentimes an ominous presence on North Carolina's roadways. Although these vehicles play an integral role in our economy, they can also pose a significant risk to other motorists. This is especially true when semi-trucks are driven negligently or they are improperly maintained. Under these circumstances, a serious truck accident can occur. Far too often these wrecks result in severe injuries that can send a ripple effect of harm throughout a victim's life.
As Cary area residents know, there are many trucks on area roads. These trucks are hauling everything from merchandise to lumber to logs. Most of the time, cars are able to safely share the road with these trucks. But there are certain times when truck accidents occur. Sometimes these serious truck accidents are caused when cargo is either not loaded properly or are overloaded.