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.
Big rigs haul cargo across Mississippi every day, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has the task of tracking how well trucking companies comply with safety regulations. Since 2015, the agency has been under an order from Congress to update its methods for collecting data and scoring the safety records of companies. A 10-page report issued by the agency has presented the proposed reforms that were developed with input from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Thousands of motorists are killed or seriously injured every year in Mississippi and around the country in collisions with semi-tractor trailers. Larger vehicles provide greater protection in a crash, and data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveals that more than two-thirds of the road users killed in truck accidents are car, pickup truck or SUV occupants.
There are more large trucks than ever on the road, and for Mississippi drivers, this can be a serious safety concern. When a large truck is involved in a collision, the consequences can be severe for the other pedestrians or vehicles involved, especially given the mass and weight of semi-trucks and 18-wheelers. The risk of an accident is significantly increased when a truck driver takes the road outside of their mandated hours of service, because drivers who have been on the road for too long can become fatigued.