During the 72-hour International Roadcheck inspection blitz scheduled for June 2019, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will perform Level I inspections on commercial trucks and buses. The alliance uses events like this to educate truckers in Mississippi and nationwide about safety issues important to the transport industry.
Federal studies have shown that speed limiters and automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems significantly reduce large truck accidents in Mississippi and around the country. Despite this, Congress has failed to pass legislation requiring the use of the technologies. As a result, truck safety advocates are pushing President Donald Trump to step in and get the job done.
For drivers in Mississippi, truck accidents can be particularly frightening. When large, heavy semi trucks are involved in a crash, the outcome can be deadly, especially for occupants of smaller vehicles on the road. This fear is backed up by statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Between 2015 and 2017, fatalities in large truck and bus accidents increased each year, including for the drivers of the trucks themselves. In addition, deadly work zone accidents involving large trucks increased every year in the same three-year period.
The highway safety non-profit Road Safe America has recently looked over some federal data on large truck crash deaths in Mississippi and across the nation. The data spanned from 2009 to 2017, the latest year for which complete statistics are available, and the non-profit found that all but six states in the U.S. saw an increase in large truck crash deaths during that period.
Mississippi drivers who neglect to wear their seat belts should be aware of the added dangers they face. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has just studied commercial motor vehicle crash data for 2017 and found that the rise in crash fatalities is partly due to seat belt neglect.
Truck accidents are a common causes of injuries and deaths in Mississippi. A program in Florida is teaching truckers to drive more safely in an effort to prevent trucking accidents.
Drivers in Mississippi and elsewhere are more distracted by their cell phones than ever before, according to a recent study by AAA. While the thought of a distracted driver behind the wheel of a passenger vehicle is scary enough, the notion of a distracted truck driver operating a 26,000-pound vehicle is downright terrifying.
The number of traffic fatalities in Mississippi and throughout the nation dropped by 1.9 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the number of traffic fatalities involving large trucks increased by 9 percent. A large truck is defined as a vehicle that weighs more than 10,000 pounds. According to a member of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), many of these accidents involved trucks weighing between 10,000 and 14,000 pounds.
Big rigs pose a special danger for drivers in Mississippi due to their size and weight. Drivers who rear-end a truck are liable to slide under it, and trucks that rear-end cars are liable to ride over it. In either case, it is the car occupants who usually die. It should also be kept in mind that trucks take much longer to come to a stop than vehicles and have a lot of blind spots ("no-zones").
Every year across North America, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds its International Roadcheck to ensure vehicle- and driver-related safety compliance. Enforcement personnel stop trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles at random and conduct inspections at one of several levels with Level I being the most comprehensive. Commercial truck drivers in Mississippi will want to know about the most common violations.