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Gas Drilling Truck Sideswipes School Bus in Dallas Texas

DALLAS, TX – A large gas drilling truck from Badger Corporation of Pittsburgh went left of center on Dallas Pike Road shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, sideswiping an Ohio County School bus carrying three students home from school.

No students or drivers were reported injured at the time of the incident, officials said. The rear bumper on the bus and the truck’s wheels were damaged in the accident.

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Fatal Semi Truck Accident in Brownwood TX

BROWNWOOD, TX – A pedestrian was killed early Thursday morning just after midnight on Highway 183 just north of Brownwood, TX when he was struck by an oncoming semi truck.

EZ-Mart convenience store on Highway 183 in Brownwood, TX near the site of a fatal semi truck accident where a pedestrian was killed on May 5, 2011.

Brownwood is located in Brown County, Texas in the central part of the state, about 79 miles southeast of Abilene and about 68 miles nothwest of Killeen. ... Read More

Truck Accident Causes: Driver Fatigue Cited As Major Problem By NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

According to Deborah A.P. Hersman, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, fatigue “is one of the most insidious issues in the transportation industry,” and more must be done to fight it, she said.

“We establish a 72-hour prior history in every NTSB investigation,” Hersman said at the National Press Club in Washington Nov. 16. “Unfortunately, we find fatigue in more incidents and accidents than you would think.”

She said the NTSB has recommended the Federal Aviation Administration set hours of service rules for flight crews, aviation mechanics and air traffic controllers, stating it took Congress to change century-old rail employee hours of service rules.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which has issued truck driver hours of service rules three times since 2003, plans to propose a new HOS rule early next year. Read more.

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NHTSA Issues Tough Braking Rules for Large Trucks & Big Rigs

truck-scenicOn Friday, July 24, 2009 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued stringent new braking standards that will save hundreds of lives by improving large truck stopping distances.

The new braking standards require that stopping distances be reduced by 30 percent. NHTSA predicts that the new rules will reduce truck accidents and save 227 lives each year. The new rules are estimated to decrease property damage costs by over $169 million each year plus prevent 300 serious injuries.

The new rules require that a tractor-trailer moving at 60 miles per hour be able to come to a complete stop in 250 feet … down from 355 feet according to the old standard.

The new big rig truck regulations will take 4 years to be phased in, starting with 2012 models.

The new regulations should also accelerate the introduction of the newest braking technology into America’s commercial freight trucking fleets and will assist truck drivers in avoiding collisions with other vehicles on the road.

The new rules apply only to truck tractors. The ruling does not include single-unit trucks, trailers and buses.

The latest statistics from NHTSA are optimistic. They show that large commercial vehicles are involved less and less in fatal crashes. The number of people that were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2008 was 4,229. That number is down 12 percent from 2007, where 4,822 deaths occured.

According to the press release on the new braking standards at the NHTSA website, secretary Raymond LaHood, of the US Department of Transportation (DOT) said, “Safety is our highest priority … Motorists deserve to know they are sharing the road with large trucks that are up to the safest possible standards, so they can get home alive to their families.”

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