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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a report outlining its plan to reform its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. The reforms were made necessary by a 2015 congressional order designed to make travel safer on Missouri and U.S. roadways. This report has been referred to by Congress and the FMCSA as a corrective action plan. Among its key reforms is an effort to make it easier for trucking companies and motor carriers to understand the CSA scoring system and calculate their own scores.
The fleet management systems provider Verizon Connect has recently analyzed driving behaviors from more than 6,200 of its fleet customers between October 2015 and September 2017. After considering factors like the number of fatalities per mile driven and speeding events per day, it has been able to rank the safest, as well as the least safe, states for commercial motor vehicle and work vehicle drivers. Missouri residents may be intrigued by the results.
Police officers on highway patrol in Missouri and around the country will be paying especially close attention to semi-tractor trailers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week. During the seven-day initiative, which begins of Sept. 16, safety inspectors will be looking for worn or defective brake components and checking air lines for leaks during extremely thorough North American Standard Level I inspections. The functionality of electronic systems designed to warn truck drivers about possible brake problems will also be put to the test.
Missouri drivers are facing an increasingly dangerous environment on the road when they get behind the wheel, according to statistics released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. For example, many drivers are nervous about traveling alongside large trucks and buses, as the size and weight wait of these vehicles is overwhelming in comparison to a car, let alone a cyclist or a pedestrian. From 2015 to 2016, the number of fatalities due to truck accidents increased by 6 percent, as the number of trucks involved in these deadly crashes went up by 3 percent. Some of the most serious accidents took several lives.
Across Missouri and the rest of the U.S., more than 3 million commercial truck drivers are in the process of carrying 70 percent of the nation's cargo. They're a fixture of the roads, and unfortunately, they're all too liable to get into accidents due to fatigue behind the wheel. After all, the average trucker drives a total of 70 hours over an eight-day workweek. However, an Oklahoma-based startup has a way to address this issue.
Truck accident claims can cover everything from medical expenses and vehicle repair costs to disability benefits and compensation for pain and suffering, so it's important for victims in Missouri to decide whether they should go through a civil trial or opt for an out-of-court settlement. While a civil trial can become a prolonged and costly affair, settling out of court can save victims time and money.
Anyone driving next to a tanker truck probably wonders whether such close proximity puts them in danger. The answer is yes: There is the risk of rollover and the flammable or hazardous material being transported. Missouri drivers should know that cargo tank trucks are more likely to flip than other types of tractor-trailers.
If the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has its requests granted, commercial drivers in Missouri and elsewhere may be operating under more-lenient rules. OOIDA has asked that drivers be able to pause their 14-hour daily clock for up to three hours. The trucker advocacy group has also asked that the required 30-minute rest break be eliminated in favor of the three-hour pause. However, the petition would still require drivers to rest for 10 consecutive hours between shifts.
In November 2017, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association asked for a five-year exemption to electronic logging rules for small transportation trucking companies. While this may provide relief for some Missouri truckers, it could essentially gut the rule entirely. That was the opinion expressed in a Feb. 1 press release written by the Alliance for Driver Safety and Security and the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
Driving around large trucks can be intimidating for many Missouri drivers. There are over 2 million large semi-trucks on the road across the United States, and drivers who are sharing the road with semis can use driving strategies to make an accident less likely.