While truck drivers continue to provide goods and services over the road, concerns continue to rise over safety at rest stops. Just last week, President Trump was celebrating truck drivers amid the coronavirus pandemic. The President held an event noting states have been working to make accommodations for truck drivers nationwide. Although the public attention for truckers has been positive for the industry, many issues arise when drivers are traveling. A big problem is detention times, where facilities are understaffed, and detention times can be hours. Thus, leaving drivers without access to food and water or even restrooms.
Truck safety the most important part in the transportation industry. According to CDL Knowledge, in 2015 there were 415,000 crashes involving large trucks. Of those, 4,050 were fatal incidents and there were a total 87,000 injuries. Most people who died as a result of these large truck crashes were in cars or passenger vehicles. Only 16% of truck occupants died compared the 69% of car occupants. The top three causes of truck accidents in 2015 were; prescription drugs (26%), driving too fast (23%), and over the counter drugs (17%). The impact that truck safety can have is astounding and there are many organizations around the country committed to improving safety and educating drivers. While some may require registration or membership fees, the amount of value safety training could provide greatly outweighs the costs.
To an extent, we all know what truck drivers have to face when hauling a load. It goes without saying that long hours of being behind the wheel are in the job description. Fatigue and drowsiness come with these long hours which can result in a serious and sometimes fatal accident. However, the industry is beginning to make strides in using technology to make us all safer.
Yesterday, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) released a report of the top states for road safety enforcement efforts. Rhode Island, for the fourth year in a row, was top of the list. Advocates is an alliance of consumer, public health, safety and insurance firms that support policies and programs designed to promote highway safety. On average, about 100 people are killed and 7,500 are injured daily with an annual economic burden of $242 billion, according to the Advocates President Cathy Chase. Advocates’ ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on adoption of 16 traffic safety laws. “The 16 optimal laws are precisely the types of recommendations nurses endorse to help prevent crashes and fatalities from happening or to reduce their severity,” said Mary Jagim, former president of the Emergency Nurses Association. “The goal of this rating is not to shame those states but rather to serve as a clarion call to action.”
November is here, and that means it is peak deer season. Avid hunters rejoice while motorists take warning now that mornings and evening commutes are bathed in darkness. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “Animal-strike-related insurance claims are more than twice as frequent as the yearly average in November, when the search for a mate keeps the big bucks on the move, according to an analysis of claims from 2006 to 2018 conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute. The severity of claims, measured in dollars insurers pay to cover losses, also soars during the peak month. The average cost of November animal-strike claims over the 13-year period was $3,560, compared with $2,801 for February, the month with the least severe crashes.”