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Fatal Florida crash blamed on reckless truck driver

The Florida Highway Patrol says that the sequence of events that led to a fiery crash on the afternoon of Jan. 3 began when a semi-tractor trailer driver made an unsafe maneuver. A records check reveals that the 59-year-old Palm Beach County man was ticketed several times between 2000 and 2014 by police in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Indiana, as well as Florida, for violations including speeding, driving without proof of insurance, operating an unsafe vehicle and operating an overloaded vehicle.

FMCSA reveals rise in dump and ready-mix concrete truck crashes

Florida residents have good reason to exercise caution whenever they drive around commercial trucks. The trucking industry continues to see rising accident numbers, which has been reinforced by a new report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This report is unique in that it focuses on serious crashes involving dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks (serious refers to anything that requires the truck to be towed away).

Speeding, drowsiness partly behind rise in fatal truck crashes

2017 saw a 9 percent increase in the number of large truck fatalities, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Many people within the trucking industry are voicing their opinions about the possible reasons. Truckers in Florida may be familiar with most of these explanations.

Using technology to reduce truck driver fatigue

For drivers in Florida, truck driver fatigue can be a real danger on the roads. Truck drivers often spend long hours over monotonous stretches of highway, leaving them at risk for exhaustion. This is especially true if they're over their legal limit on hours of service or if they have repeatedly switched between daytime and nighttime driving. Because commercial trucks are so massive, other vehicles and their occupants are at a distinct disadvantage in the event of a crash.

Large truck crash deaths went up in 2017, says NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its report on fatal car crashes for 2017, and it appears that fatalities went down in every type of accident except in large truck crashes. This should give some Florida residents cause for concern. There may be multiple reasons for this trend, but the report focuses instead on the statistics.

CVSA's Roadcheck results in nearly 12,000 out-of-service orders

The 2018 International Roadcheck took place between June 5 and 7. Truckers and truck fleet owners throughout Florida and the rest of North America were potentially subject to the annual inspection spree, which was conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Keeping truckers in Florida safe with data and tech

Distracted drivers cause some of the most serious accidents because they often neglect to slow down or take action to mitigate impact. This is why trucking companies, which often manage fleets of large vehicles that can cause a lot of damage, must take extra steps to prevent driver distractions. Technology provides the most distractions, but ironically, technology may also provide the solution.

Study examines truck drivers and fatigue-related crashes

Truck drivers in Florida who are farther from weigh stations, rest areas and truck stops may be more likely to crash. This was among the results of a study done by the University of Kentucky that examined accident data in that state between 2005 and 2014. The study appeared online in November.

The dangers of drowsy driving

A smart Florida driver should be vigilant whenever they are on the road. After all, driving accidents are the leading cause of premature death in the United States. These crashes cost the country $230.6 billion dollars on an annual basis, which averages out to $820 per citizen. It is estimated that more than 100,000 car accidents can be attributed to drowsy driving every year.

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