On Feb 6th, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the 2016 and 2017 train crashes in Hoboken, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York occurred because the train engineers fell asleep. The NTSB concluded that the "primary cause" of both accidents was the failure to test the drivers for sleep apnea.
Government researchers have got it wrong, states a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers' drowsiness leading to roadway injuries and fatalities is a far bigger problem than they have long concluded.
Any number of people affected by an accident earlier this month near the Indiana/Illinois state line involving commercial trucks could have easily pointed to the inconvenience resulting from multiple collisions and upended vehicles.
Maybe more people will now pay attention to a strong recommendation made by NTSB safety officials.
We noted a sad and unarguable fact in a blog post last week relating to truck crashes in Indiana and nationally.
The IBJ recently released a story on a topic we have covered before- the implementation of ELDs (electronic logging devices) for truck drivers in an effort to eliminate false reporting on paper travel logs, thus making roadways safer for other vehicles. The implementation of ELDs for truck drivers will help prevent truck drivers from speeding and getting too fatigued while on roadways, amongst other things.
Car accidents in the Greater Indianapolis area are inconvenient and upsetting even in a best-case scenario. Unfortunately, truck accidents frequently prove even more dangerous, due in large part to the size of the vehicles. A recent Indianapolis hit-and-run has left a tow truck driver in the hospital with serious, life-altering injuries.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 4,300 buses and large trucks were involved in a fatal accident during 2015. Sadly, these fatal truck crashes frequently leave families with emotional pain that will last for their entire life and financial problems as well. Even when victims of a truck crash are fortunate enough to survive, a whirlwind of challenges may lie ahead. As a result, it is crucial for trucking companies and drivers to realize the various reasons why these collisions happen and aim to prevent additional crashes.
This past Saturday, another semi-truck accident needlessly took the life of a fellow Hoosier. An out of state truck driver from Iowa failed to stop at a traffic light in Gibson County, Indiana (US 41) and caused a devastating crash. A local Hoosier from Remington, Indiana lost his life following the crash. His vehicle was stopped at a traffic signal when, for no known reason, the tractor-trailer slammed into the rear of his car. At this time it is unknown why the semi-truck driver failed to stop, but too often these types of needless collisions are a result of the truck driver being distracted, intoxicated, fatigued, or simply failing to follow traffic safety laws.