At the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, an officer from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration discussed some very disappointing news about the rate of fatal accidents involving trucks on roads in Kentucky and throughout the nation. From the years 2015 to 2017, large-truck-occupant deaths increased as did the percentage of all fatal crashes involving at least one large truck. While many factors contribute to this problem, lowering the rates of fatalities may ultimately be in the truck driver's hand.
Each year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issues its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements with the hopes of influencing national transportation policy. These recommendations cover a variety of transportation safety issues that affect drivers in Kentucky and nationwide. The recently released 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements includes 10 items, six of which relate to the trucking industry.
Federal vehicle crash data analyzed by safety group Road Safe America show an unsettling trend in Kentucky and across the United States: a sharp increase in tractor-trailer related fatal accidents since 2009.
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Kentucky motorists with early warning systems on their vehicles know that such technology can be a great way to prevent accidents. These systems will warn drivers of lane departure issues, monitor blind spots and even apply the brakes automatically in an emergency. Unfortunately, the technology has not caught on with everyone in the commercial trucking industry. But many safety advocates now believe it is time to make early warning systems mandatory in over-the-road trucks.
While most truck drivers in Kentucky are safe, some are failing to keep their vehicles in good working condition. Because of this failure, they are risking their lives and the lives of people who share the road with them.
Traffic deaths in Kentucky and around the country have risen alarmingly in recent years despite improved road layouts and more sophisticated automobile safety systems, and many safety advocates say that the prolific use of cellphones by motorists and an ensuing surge in distracted driving is chiefly responsible. Distracted drivers rarely take evasive action before crashing, which makes this behavior especially dangerous when heavy commercial vehicles are involved that can be difficult to control even with an alert driver behind the wheel.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance partners with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to organize brake inspection events throughout the country. Truck drivers in Kentucky can expect to encounter two inspection events in 2018. The CVSA has scheduled Brake Safety Week in September and plans to hold a surprise one-day inspection spree at some point this year.
Many Kentucky drivers may be concerned about the potential for serious injury after a collision with an 18-wheeler or commercial truck. These large vehicles are significantly heavier than the passenger vehicles they share the roads with. Therefore, they can be responsible for causing serious damage in case of an accident. When fatal collisions occur between large trucks and passenger vehicles, up to 97 percent of those deaths are passenger vehicle occupants.
Kentucky readers may be concerned to learn that, according to a new report, fatal large truck crashes are on the rise. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released the report, which updates preliminary data issued in 2017.