Missouri residents who drive commercial vehicles for work purposes will want to know about a study recently conducted by Verizon Connect, a fleet management systems provider. The company analyzed driver behaviors from more than 6,200 of its fleet customers to find out which states were the safest and most dangerous for work vehicle drivers. The data spanned from October 2015 to September 2017, and the customers ranged from small to mid-size businesses with 2 to 200 work vehicles.
Truck drivers in Missouri can expect closer scrutiny from law enforcement and truck inspectors during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week, which starts Sept. 16. The nonprofit organization of industry representatives and federal, state and local safety officials chose to conduct a one-day brake-related safety blitz in 2017, which resulted in almost 1,700 semi-tractor trailers being ordered off the road.
Missouri residents should know how commercial truck drivers are at a high risk for drowsy driving. The average trucker is on the road for as much as 70 hours over the course of an eight-day workweek, so this is to be expected. Nevertheless, it can be a shock to hear that an estimated 100,000 or more truck crashes occur each year because of drowsy driving.
Drivers in Missouri are likely aware of the perennial danger that distractions pose. The organization Zendrive, after an analysis of 100 billion roadway miles, released a study showing that 60 percent of drivers use their phones while behind the wheel at least once a day. About 69 million drivers use their phones every day; this is a far cry from current government data, which states that every day there are 660,000 distracted drivers.
The goal of the Road to Zero Coalition is to ensure that there isn't a single traffic death on Missouri roads or any others in the country by 2050. The group acknowledges that it will take work to meet this goal. However, the CEO of the National Safety Council pointed out that getting a man to the moon seemed far-fetched before it happened.
Truck accident victims have two options when seeking compensation. They can either file a personal injury lawsuit with the civil court and go through the litigation process or see if the trucking company is willing to settle out of court. In many cases, the defendant will prefer a settlement, and there are several benefits for victims as well.
A motion filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit could have an impact on Missouri truckerss. The OOIDA claims that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration illegally altered sleep apnea testing rules. According to the OOIDA, a 2013 law required the FMCSA to use the formal rulemaking process to make changes to sleep apnea screening and testing regulations.
Under current guidelines from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truckers in Missouri and across the nation work according to a 14-hour daily clock that runs nonstop. Another guideline stipulates that all truckers must take a 30-minute rest break within the first eight of those service hours. According to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, these rules are limiting as well as dangerous as they do not consider truck drivers' physical limitations.