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Most truck accidents are caused by car drivers

Media outlets in South Carolina and around the country often run stories about tractor-trailer accidents when truck driver drowsiness, intoxication or distraction have been cited by law enforcement as factors, but data from the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that these reports may sometimes be misleading. According to the agency, automobile drivers are responsible for causing about 70 percent of the accidents involving large commercial vehicles, and almost 60 percent of those killed in truck crashes are passengers in cars or SUVs that strike tractor-trailers either in the rear or head-on.

Federal agency cancels plans for sleep apnea testing rule

Federal authorities are no longer pushing a proposed rule meant to establish specific criteria to screen truck drivers in South Carolina and across the United States for sleep apnea. On Aug. 4, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a notice saying that the potential rule will be withdrawn.

Fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses on the rise

South Carolina motorists should exercise caution when traveling near large vehicles. Data collected by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revealed an increase in fatalities from crashes that involve large trucks or buses. In 2015, over 4,000 fatal wrecks of large trucks and buses occurred around the country, which represented an 8 percent rise from the previous year.

Trucking case declined hearing by Supreme Court

Commercial truck drivers in South Carolina should be aware that the United States Supreme Court refused to hear a class-action lawsuit against the United States Department of Transportation and the Pre-Employment Screening Program. The six truck drivers who filed the lawsuit with the assistance of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association claim that the U.S. DOT and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provide too much information about the violation histories of drivers to potential employers.

New CDL rules go into effect

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial vehicles are safe and properly maintained, and the federal safety agency also establishes the requirements for obtaining commercial driver's licenses in South Carolina and around the country. The FMCSA proposed changes to these rules in 2015, and the revised regulations were finally implemented on June 5. The rules were scheduled to be rolled out in early 2017, but a regulatory review ordered by the Trump Administration caused a further delay lasting five months.

International Roadcheck to focus on cargo safety in 2017

Truck drivers in South Carolina and around the country may wish to check their loads are properly secured before taking to the roads during International Roadcheck. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that cargo safety will be the focus of this year's 72-hour-long safety initiative, and trucks with loose, damaged or missing cargo tie-downs are likely to be ordered out of service by inspectors.

Supreme Court makes sleep apnea tests more likely

A Supreme Court ruling may make it easier for trucking companies to ask drivers in South Carolina and elsewhere to submit to sleep apnea testing. The court ruled against a driver for Crete Carrier Corp. saying that they didn't violate his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The man said that he was fired after refusing to take sleep apnea tests. His lawsuit claimed that he was only asked to take the test because of his BMI.

More trucks involved in fatal crashes

According to federal government statistics, there was a significant increase in the number of large trucks involved in deadly crashes in 2015. The 2015 Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicates that 4,050 large trucks, which are those that weigh more than 10,000 pounds, were involved in 3,598 deadly accidents, several of which were in South Carolina. This represents an 8 percent increase over the previous year.

Annual CVSA event and cargo securement

The regular inspection of commercial trucks is necessary to ensuring that they are safe while they are being operated on the road. During June 6-8, 2017, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be conducting its annual inspection blitz in South Carolina and the rest of the United States. For this year, the focus of the inspection event will be securing cargo.

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