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Mass inspection places thousands of trucks out of commission

When drivers in New Jersey share the road with trucks and other large vehicles, there's a certain expectation of safety. This is because there are rules in place that govern how well-maintained trucks have to be and how long drivers should be on the road per shift. A recent round of mass roadside inspection conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, or CVSA, resulted in nearly 12,000 trucks and buses being put out of commission. During the three-day event, more than 67,000 roadside inspections were conducted with the majority of them being Level I inspections.

Truck driver charged in New Jersey accident

The driver of a tractor-trailer ran into another car on Route 515 in Vernon at around 2:40 p.m. on Aug. 10. A 42-year-old woman was in her Chevrolet Tahoe at a traffic light when the truck hit her. Both she and the driver were seriously injured, but they have been released from the hospital.

The costs of distracted driving for truck drivers

In New Jersey and elsewhere, distracted driving is a major, dangerous problem. The problem only seems to be getting worse as more drivers have access to smartphones and in-vehicle technology, such as the internet and apps. While many drivers, including truck drivers, do not believe that using their smartphones while driving is dangerous, drivers who are distracted are more likely to cause accidents.

Why truck drivers are prone to drowsiness

Commercial truck accidents are some of the most serious imaginable, leaving the occupants of passenger vehicles with catastrophic injuries or killing them outright. What's even worse is that commercial truck drivers tend to be the most vulnerable to drowsiness behind the wheel. New Jersey motorists have good reason to be wary around large trucks, as the following will show.

CMV brake inspection spree set for September 16 to 22

Commercial motor vehicle drivers in New Jersey should know about Brake Safety Week, an annual brake inspection spree held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. While the 2017 spree lasted a day, this year the CVSA has returned to a weeklong scheme, and it will be conducting mostly Level I inspections. These are 37-step inspections covering both vehicle mechanical fitness and driver operating requirements.

New report shows the increasing dangers of truck accidents

Statistics show that more large truck collisions are occurring throughout New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. According to a report recently released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there was a 3 percent increase in fatal truck accidents from 2015 to 2016. Furthermore, the number of commercial trucks involved in deadly crashes increased from 4,074 to 4,213.

CVSA to crack down on moving violations in July

Unsafe driving behaviors are the leading cause of all highway crashes according to a study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. They contribute to a startling 88 percent of all crashes involving passenger vehicles and 93 percent of all large truck crashes. Responsible drivers in New Jersey may be wondering what is being done to prompt others to curb these behaviors.

Settling out of court after a trucking accident

In their effort to be compensated, victims of commercial truck accidents can do one of two things under the civil laws of New Jersey: They can opt for litigation, or they can get the other side to settle out of court. Informal settlements come with several advantages as victims will be able to save time and money that would have otherwise gone toward a prolonged trial.

Software aims to reduce truck accidents and fatigue

Truck driver fatigue can be a dangerous killer on New Jersey roadways and the highways of America. Trucking is critical to the U.S. economy as over 7 million people work in the industry and over 70 percent of the nation's cargo is transported in semi-trucks. Almost half of all people who work in the industry are themselves truck drivers. While truck driving can be a lucrative profession, turnover rates are often greater than 90 percent as the grueling schedule can be difficult for drivers to handle.

CVSA schedules International Roadcheck for June

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is responsible for conducting a three-day inspection spree every year called the International Roadcheck. It covers North America and applies to all commercial truck and bus drivers. Those in New Jersey to whom this inspection applies should know that the 2018 International Roadcheck will take place from June 5 to June 7.

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