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OOIDA seeks rehearing of sleep apnea lawsuit

Drivers who get behind the wheel on Louisiana highways may be particularly concerned about the threat posed by truck accidents. A collision with a large semitruck or tractor-trailer can cause severe injuries, major property damage and even death. Because of the size, weight and mass of these vehicles, accidents can be particularly damaging. There are many concerns about dangerous driving and large trucks, but drowsy driving is one of the most alarming and devastating causes of major accidents.

Trade group wants hours of service regulations revised

Truck drivers in Louisiana and around the country would be able to break up their journeys into segments without affecting strict hours of service regulations under a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. Hours of service rules are designed to prevent accidents caused by drowsy truck drivers, but they could actually be making the nation's roads more dangerous, according to the OOIDA.

Medical conditions raise crash rate for truck drivers

Virginia residents who drive trucks or share the road with them may be interested to know that truckers with health problems are more likely to be involved in accidents than healthy truck drivers. A study found that the more health problems a trucker has, the higher the chances are of having an accident.

Sleep apnea bill may benefit truckers in Louisiana

In August of 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially withdrew a bill meant to set up criteria for obstructive sleep apnea testing among truck operators. The FMCSA had been working on the bill throughout the previous year, taking up suggestions made by the Medical Advisory Board and setting up public meetings with trucking industry stakeholders. It was dropped at the pre-rule stage.

How video can help with an accident investigation

There are many reasons why a Louisiana resident may be involved in a truck accident. In some cases, the driver of the truck may have been distracted, driving too fast for road conditions or making unsafe lane changes when the collision occurred. However, truck drivers are not always at fault when an accident takes place. In fact, car owners are responsible for the majority of collisions involving big rigs that occur in the United States.

DOT withdraws two proposed trucking rules

Louisiana motorists may not know that the U.S. Department of Transportation has withdrawn two proposed rules aimed at the trucking industry, according to the agency's biannual regulatory calendar update report. The withdrawals are reportedly due in part to the Trump administration's aversion to new federal regulations.

FMCSA releases sobering fatal truck accident data

Fatal accidents involving buses and semi-tractor trailers are becoming a worryingly common occurrence in Louisiana and around the country according to figures from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency's Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report reveals that the number of large commercial trucks and buses involved in deadly crashes increased by 8 percent to 4,311 in 2015. The number of fatal accidents buses and large trucks were involved in for each 100 million miles driven also increased by 8 percent from 1.34 in 2014 to 1.45 in 2015 according to the report.

New training to be mandated for truck drivers

Some people are criticizing a new federal rule for truck driver training in Louisiana and throughout the U.S. because they say it doesn't go far enough in ensuring new drivers have sufficient behind-the-wheel time. The new federal rules went into effect as of June 5. However, there is a lengthy implementation period, as carriers and trainers will have until February 2017 to be in compliance.

Annual safety inspection campaign will span 72 hours

Louisiana motorists who plan to be driving during the 2017 International Roadcheck event may want to know more about the annual safety inspection spree. Set to begin on June 6, the inspection blitz is scheduled to take place over 72 hours across the U.S. and in Canada. Safety inspectors will check approximately 15 commercial vehicles per minute for safety violations.

Supreme Court paves way for sleep apnea regulations

Louisiana truck drivers might be likelier to face new regulations about sleep apnea following a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court declined to hear a case in which a truck driver claimed that his employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by asking him to get tested for sleep apnea.