Car safety technology has brought about a great improvement in terms of the reduction of highway accidents, and manufacturers are continually looking to improve their offerings in this area. When it comes to trucking safety, technology has not come quite as far. That may be changing, though, as more and more fleets add safety technology to their fleets and federal regulators explore the issue.
Truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, including inclement weather, poor roadway design, and the fault of other drivers. They can also occur because of a trucker’s failure to follow safety rules applying to truck drivers and other commercial carriers. One of these rules, or rather sets of rules, concerns hours of service.
Trucking companies and truck drivers are bound by a variety of safety rules and regulations aimed at preventing truck accidents. Among these rules and regulations are those covering hours-of-service. Hours of service regulations cover a variety of points, but generally identify how long truckers can remain behind the wheel, how many hours can be logged in a work week, and the frequency and length of rest breaks.
Fatal truck accidents, according to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are most likely to occur in the state of North Dakota. That conclusion was reached by looking at 2012 crash data from each state and measuring it against the total vehicle population.