According to research, trucking and health issues go hand in hand. The long, uninterrupted hours that truck drivers may spend behind the wheel without access to restful sleep accommodations and nutritious meals have previously been linked to a variety of medical issues, including lower back pain, diabetes and heart disease. Now findings suggest that commercial truck operators with three or more medical problems could pose a risk to others sharing the roads with them in Kentucky and around the country.
Kentucky residents may believe that accidents involving large trucks take place overnight, on the interstate or that they are caused by aggressive drivers. However, these are not assumptions that are borne out by the facts. In about 70 percent of accidents between large trucks and smaller vehicles, the driver of the smaller vehicle was responsible. This may be because drivers of those vehicles drive too fast or are in a truck driver's blind spot at the time of a crash.
Kentucky truck drivers should be aware that over 1,700 tractor-trailers will be recalled because of a potential defect in the fuel pump in some Cummins engines. An estimated 1,737 Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks that were built with Cummins ISX15 engines are included in the recall.
Fatal commercial truck and bus accidents are becoming worryingly common in Kentucky and other U.S. states according to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency reports that the number of large buses and semi-tractor trailers involved in deadly collisions increased by 8 percent in 2015 to 4,311, and a similar surge was observed in the number of fatal accidents tractor-trailers are involved in per 100 million miles traveled.
Road safety advocates in Kentucky and around the country may have welcomed news that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear arguments in a case filed against the Department of Transportation over the information it shares with employers about truck drivers. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association backed the six truck drivers who filed the lawsuit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit ruled in favor of the DOT in December, and the nation's highest court announced on June 19 that it would not be revisiting the decision.
Many Kentucky residents earn their livings as truck drivers. Truckers with a body mass index above 35, which indicates obesity and a higher risk for breathing problems, might have to undergo testing for sleep apnea. In April, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear a case from a trucker who declared that his employer violated his privacy by requiring him to take the costly test.
When the 2017 International Roadcheck inspection event begins on June 6, safety inspectors in Kentucky and around the country will be placing special emphasis on cargo securement. Although all violation categories are checked for compliance during each annual inspection blitz, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance chooses a different area of focus every year as a reminder to those who are involved in the industry of that category's importance in commercial trucking safety.
Kentucky truckers may be interested in learning about a new technology company that is pioneering revolutionary changes in the industry. By placing remote controls in trucks, the firm hopes to make a semi-autonomous fleet that drivers can control remotely from offices.
Truck drivers with multiple health conditions are much more likely to be involved in traffic accidents, according to a study. Researchers found that many truck drivers in Kentucky and around the nation have trouble maintaining their health because their job requires that they sit behind the wheel for long stretches. Many also tend to have poor eating and sleeping habits.
Kentucky motorists may be interested in learning that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that people could use extra help with not using their phones while operating vehicles. In December, the agency published a recommendation that called for the creation of a driver mode in cellphones in order to curb hazardous device usage.