Truck drivers and fleet owners in South Carolina should know about the benefits of advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning systems and backup alarms. Some argue that while driverless technology may be making headlines, these more modest features are causing a quiet revolution by reducing the number of crashes, especially rear-end collisions.
Commercial vehicle accident fatalities throughout South Carolina and the rest of the country have reached levels not seen in 29 years, according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some truck drivers and trucking industry groups say that federal hours of service regulations are at least partly to blame for the surge. The rules limit the amount of time that truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, but a growing number of industry voices say that this encourages reckless driving and causes deadly crashes.
Trucking accidents can be particularly devastating to other drivers and passengers on the road in South Carolina. Due to the size and weight of semi trucks, people in other vehicles may be more likely to suffer serious injuries or even lose their lives in a crash. Because truck driver fatigue can be deadly, various companies are working to develop technologies to detect fatigued drivers and prevent them from getting behind the wheel. Two developers with different kinds of technological experience have come together to develop a warning system that could help to stop crashes before they occur.
South Carolina readers know that poor vehicle maintenance can lead to car and truck accidents. However, some commercial truck drivers and companies fail to properly maintain their vehicles, which can endanger the public.
Distracted driving is more prevalent than some people in South Carolina may think. According to data analytics firm Zendrive, 60 percent of drivers in America use their phones behind the wheel at least once a day. This is only the beginning as drivers can distract themselves by eating, adjusting the radio or simply talking to a passenger. Distracted driving accidents often result in severe injuries and vehicle damage.
Unfortunately, large truck accidents are all too frequent in South Carolina. Drivers who have become wary around commercial trucks and buses should know about a report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that reveals an increase in fatal large truck accidents from 2015 to 2016.
Drivers in South Carolina often worry about the dangers that they could face when they get behind the wheel. A new project, called the Road to Zero Coalition, has been formed in order to make driving a safer proposition by achieving a dramatic reduction in traffic fatalities. Over 100 people die across the United States on the roadways every day, and car and truck accident deaths are preventable.
Truck drivers in South Carolina can expect to spend some extra time with safety inspectors during the 2018 International Roadcheck organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. For three days in June, inspectors will pull aside thousands of commercial trucks and buses in the U.S. and Canada and evaluate vehicles and drivers for compliance.
Considering that millions of commercial trucks travel throughout South Carolina and across the U.S., it's not surprising that some are involved in roadway accidents. In fact, the rate of commercial truck crashes has risen by 20 percent over the past decade. For this reason, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has teamed up with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to study the cause of truck accidents.
Studies have shown that drowsy driving can be just as deadly as getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, and the peril is even greater when the vehicle involved is a semi-tractor trailer that weighs 40 tons. Road users in South Carolina and around the country are protected against this threat by hours of service regulations that are strictly enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. However, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association claims that these rules actually make the roads more dangerous.