According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,900 deaths involved tractor-trailer accidents in 2012. Motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers are extremely dangerous due to a truck’s weight and size. According to the NHTSA overloading and improperly loading trucks is a key contributor to motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers.… Read the rest
Trucking accidents can cause serious injuries and death. If this year is any indication, accidents involving large trucks have the potential to claim more lives than all domestic commercial airline fatalities during the past 45 years. Some believe that Congress should reform current laws to be stricter on the trucking industry.
Recently, Congress’ actions seemed to sidestep safety improvements that were ordered by federal regulators. Instead of the current 70 hours of driving time over an eight-day period, Congress is advocating to increase it to 82 hours over a seven-day period. Additionally, Congress has suspended the mandatory two consecutive early-morning … Read the rest
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), completes an annual review of commercial vehicle inspection and traffic enforcement programs. The program’s focus on large commercial trucks and buses on public roadways. Certain commercial vehicles are subject to roadside inspections. These inspections, combined with traffic stops, are thought to enforce federal and state safety regulations, and prevent future crashes.
Annually, the FMCSA analyzes their Roadside Intervention Effectiveness Model (RIEM). Recently, the FMCSA announced that according to its analysis, these programs saved as many as 472 lives in 2012, which is the most recent information available, and more … Read the rest
The U.S. Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finalized its rule requiring electronic stability control (ESC) systems on heavy trucks and large buses. NHTSA estimates the rule will prevent as many as 1,759 crashes, 649 injuries and 49 fatalities each year. ESC will prevent up to 56 percent of untripped, rollover crashes. Untripped rollover crashes are rollover crashes not caused by striking an obstacle or leaving the road. The rule is also expected to provide net economic benefits of more than $300 million annually resulting from preventing crashes, reducing congestion, and preventing property damage,
The requirement will … Read the rest
Although Long Island is not as notorious for aggressive driving and congested streets as Manhattan, as a resident, you do encounter significant dangers from vehicles on the road. One of the biggest risks you face in Long Island stems from truck accidents and faulty equipment. Our streets are filled with trucks, from construction vehicles to moving vans, fire engines to delivery trucks. However, truck accidents can be caused by more than poor driving. Whether or not a driver acted recklessly, faulty equipment can be a cause or major contributing factor in an accident. If you or a loved one … Read the rest
In 2009, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) released the Motor Coach Safety Action Plan setting forth concrete steps for improving motorcoach safety. The action plan addresses major safety issues such as driver fatigue and inattention, vehicle rollover, occupant ejections and oversight of unsafe carriers. With the two recent fatal charter bus accidents, efforts are being speed up the implementation of the safety improvements. Available technology includes collision warning systems that alert drivers to obstacles in their paths and tell them when they are swerving from their lanes, strengthening bus roofs so that they aren’t sheared off, as … Read the rest
New York City’s final 2007 traffic fatality data, released on January 28, 2008, shows that fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in New York City have dropped to the lowest level since records started being kept in 1910: 271 traffic fatalities citywide, down more than 30% since 2001.
There were also an all-time low 136 pedestrian deaths last year-13% fewer than previous lows in both 2004 and 2005. Since 1990 pedestrian fatalities in NYC have decreased by 62%. Prior to 1950, pedestrians accounted for of all traffic fatalities. Since then, the percentage has decreased to only .
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in its preliminary report on fatalities occurring in 2006 as a result of motor vehicle accidents, project alcohol-related traffic fatalities increased by 2.4 percent from 2005 to 2006; 17,941 for 2006 versus 17,525 for 2005.
This represents the highest number of alcohol-related traffic deaths since 1992. Injuries sustained in alcohol-related traffic accidents declined 6 percent, from 2.7 million in 2005 to 2.54 million in 2006.
Comparing 2005 to 2006, overall traffic fatalities are down slightly by 0.3 percent, from 43,443 in 2005 to 43,300 in 2006. The 2006 fatality rate is projected to … Read the rest