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Crashes involving large trucks

The individuals in Mississippi who are in the most danger from large truck accidents are the drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles. Whether or not car drivers are taking every precaution while driving, they are susceptible to being injured if the operator of the truck is distracted or driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Because of the vast differences in the size of the vehicles, there is a higher chance that serious injuries or death will occur.

Bills proposed to force FMCSA's action on sleep apnea rule

Mississippi truck drivers who have sleep apnea may carry higher risks of causing accidents. Sleep apnea, a disorder that causes people to stop breathing multiple times per night, disrupting their sleep, may cause truck drivers to be fatigued and drowsy while they are behind the wheel. In August, the Department of Transportation announced that it was withdrawing a rule that would have provided guidelines for when drivers should be referred for sleep apnea screening.

FMCSA withdraws sleep apnea screening criteria

Mississippi truck drivers and their employers should be aware that a rule that would have established requirements for sleep apnea screening was officially withdrawn on Aug. 7. The rule would have given medical examiners, drivers and carriers the criteria needed to refer a driver to an in-lab apnea test as well as protocols for the treatment of the sleep apnea.

Fatal accidents involving large trucks on the rise

Mississippi drivers may be interested to learn that the number of large trucks involved in fatal accidents increased in 2015, according to statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These are the most current numbers available.

CVSA's surprise inspections identify brake issues

Mississippi residents understand the importance of safety when it comes to driving, particularly when large commercial trucks are involved. Therefore, they might be concerned that a surprise inspection event identified nearly 2,000 trucks that had to be taken off the road for safety issues, including over 1,000 with brake issues.

Truck driver training rule will apply to new applicants

People in Mississippi and throughout the country who obtain their commercial driver's licenses on or after Feb. 7, 2020 will be subject to new training regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The rule, which came into effect on June 5 after a five-month delay, allows nearly three years for trainers, carriers and others to become compliant.

Cargo safety to be the focus of International Roadcheck campaign

Tractor-trailers that have been pulled over for safety inspections could be a familiar sight on the roads of Mississippi in early June. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, a nonprofit organization, has announced that its annual 72-hour International Roadcheck safety blitz will begin on June 6, and the focus will be on cargo safety and securement. During 2016's inspection event, 62,796 commercial vehicles were inspected, and the CVSA suggests that truck drivers can expect a similar degree of scrutiny in early June.

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