Keeping hours-of-service records is a primary safety requirement for truck drivers and trucking companies. Truck drivers are required to log their hours and take rest breaks to avoid fatigue, which too often is a contributing factor in serious truck accidents.
This post is the third in a series of posts on the four most common factors that contribute to motor vehicle accidents.
The April accident that claimed the life of an Indiana construction worker led to an arrest on Wednesday. The driver in the fatal tractor-trailer accident is being accused of causing a death while operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance. A blood test conducted by authorities after the incident revealed the presence of marijuana in the truck driver's bloodstream.
Mechanical difficulties forced a Canton man and his family to pull their RV to the side of the road on Monday. While the 35 year-old driver of the RV worked under the vehicle to make repairs, a semi truck collided with them on the shoulder of Interstate 39. The resulting injuries cost the RV driver his life and sent the three passengers, a woman and two children, as well as the semi driver to the hospital.
The woman who was killed in a collision with two semi-trucks on Wednesday has been identified. The fatal truck crash involved four vehicles on Interstate 80. The Toyota being driven by the 60 year old Park Forest resident collided into the back of a semi-tractor which was stopped in traffic at 2:15 p.m. Her car was then struck by another semi and knocked into a Mazda Protégé in the far left lane. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at roughly 3 p.m.
The Prospect Heights truck driver who struck and derailed a Metra train last Friday had a record that included a DUI, as well more than 50 other traffic violations. Victims of the serious truck accident are left to wonder how he could still be driving with so many warning signs spanning his driving record since 1986. This latest incident cost the driver his life and sent at least 26 train passengers to the hospital.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) convened a public forum from May 10-11 in Washington, DC to review progress made over the last decade in improving truck and bus safety and to discuss steps that must be taken to improve safety in the future.
A JB Hunt semi truck collided with two vehicles on Interstate 88 near Naperville Wednesday evening, injuring two fellow motorists. The truck accident left all three vehicles severely damaged, but fortunately led to no life-threatening injuries. Traffic was backed up for several hours.
In Wisconsin on Saturday night, a 75-year-old Milwaukee woman was killed and four others injured in an accident involving a semi tractor-trailer and a charter bus. The accident occurred about 50 miles northwest of Milwaukee at about 7:00 pm. Highway 33, on which the accident took place, was closed for almost ten hours.