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Is truck platooning coming to Texas?

It is not unusual for you to encounter semi-trucks with two or even three trailers on the Texas roadways. The couplings that link these vehicles are visible, but there may soon be large trucks crossing the state that are connected solely through technology. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute provided a demonstration to the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration that indicates how the truck platooning system works.

Extra considerations for drivers of LCVs

Truck operators must undergo extensive training to receive a commercial driver’s license and be cleared to begin hauling heavy loads across Texas. According to Trucking Truth, when a truck pulls more than one trailer at a time, the operator of this longer combination vehicle must undergo extra training to learn to compensate for the challenges that are unique to these configurations.

What causes cargo tank truck rollover accidents?

As you transport petroleum products in Texas and across the country, your responsibility while driving a cargo tank truck full of hazardous materials is much higher than that of other drivers. Not only does the size and weight of your commercial vehicle pose an increased risk to smaller vehicles on the road, your cargo may create its own hazards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides statistics and warnings to help you minimize the chances of rolling your tank truck.

Should large trucks have in-cab cameras?

There are so many tractor trailers on the Texas roadways, you may take their presence for granted. When you see a traffic situation ahead and a large truck behind you, or you notice a trailer beside you swaying, you may begin to question how safe they really are. According to Trucking Info, if there is a camera in the cab of that commercial vehicle, you may have less cause to worry.

Investigation: Semis transporting chemicals through Houston

Heavy trucks are a daily sight on the highways circling and passing through Houston. Just the size of these vehicles poses a threat to others on the road since they need more space to maneuver in and more time to stop. Drivers who are caught up in traffic may become innocent victims of truckers who are not paying attention or are driving in a reckless manner. If the trucks are carrying hazardous chemicals, the results can even be more disastrous.

Preventing truck drivers from driving while distracted

Distracted driving is linked to traffic accidents, and it does not just affect the average driver in Texas. Many commercial truck drivers also find themselves risking an accident by driving while distracted. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number one cause of workplace fatalities for truck drivers is traffic accidents. In fact, throughout their career, the number of truck drivers who experience at least one serious accident numbers one-third of total truckers.

Why is it a big deal if my truck is overloaded?

If you drive a heavy truck, you have probably heard a lot about how driver fatigue and distracted driving contribute to accidents. However, another high-ranking cause of truck accidents in Texas is the overloading of cargo. This occurs when the load you are carrying surpasses the physical or legal capacities of your truck.

FMCSA regulations to minimize trucker fatigue

Driver fatigue is a leading cause of traffic accidents in Texas, especially those involving truckers. To combat the issue and increase safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted certain laws in 2013. According to the FMCSA, 560 injuries, 19 deaths and around 1400 traffic accidents can be prevented in America annually with the new measures.

What are some common causes of truck accidents?

When you venture out onto the road, your intention is to make it to your destination safely. Unfortunately, though, there has been a spike in the number of accidents on U.S. roadways, leading many to question not only what is causing this increase, but also just what to do after an accident.

Truck drivers required to use electronic driving logs

There are laws in place to prevent truck accidents that rely on the use of driver logs to determine how long a driver has been on the road to reduce driver fatigue. In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration adopted a Final Rule that requires the switch from paper logs to electronic logging devices. According to FMCSA, this is to make it easier for inspectors to discover any violations of federal law. 

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