Navigating around semi trucks on Colorado roadways is never fun for the drivers of passenger vehicles. Large trucks tend to drift in and out of their lanes and are known for having numerous dangerous blind spots. However, by following certain tips, there are ways motorists can safely share the roads with big rigs and other large commercial vehicles.
Colorado motorists might be surprised to find out that there are many factors that contribute to the rising number of accidents involving big trucks. For example, 70 percent of accidents involving big rigs are actually caused by car drivers. In many of these accidents, whether caused by the car or the truck driver, human error is involved.
Inexperienced truck drivers will be seeing some changes to training in Colorado and throughout the United States thanks to a new federal rule. However, it will not go into effect until February 2020.
Colorado motorists may be alarmed to learn that more large trucks are becoming involved in fatal traffic accidents, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration statistics. The agency reports that the number of large trucks involved in deadly crashes jumped by 8 percent between 2014 and 2015.
One of the biggest risks to driver safety in Colorado is trucker distraction. Distractions create a real and present danger for motorists who drive near distracted semi-truck operators. Truckers drive for long hours on the roads and are not immune to the temptations of distracted driving. They often perform multiple functions to operate their vehicles safely. When visual, cognitive and manual distractions are present, truckers who engage with them are not able to give the roads, motorists and pedestrians the attention they deserve to keep them safe.
Drivers of commercial vehicles in Colorado should be prepared for the International Roadcheck event that will take place on June 6-8, 2017. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts this inspection blitz once a year, and this one will focus on ensuring that the cargo being transported by commercial vehicles are secure. Checking cargo securement is a normal part of CVSA's Level I inspections, and by focusing on it in this year's inspection, they hope to stress its importance to truck drivers and fleet operators.
Truck drivers in Colorado and across the country may soon be able to operate their vehicles from offices hundreds or even thousands of miles away using remote control kits developed by a startup autonomous vehicle technology company. San Francisco-based Starsky Robotics is leaving the development of autonomous highway and city driving technology to companies like Embark and Otto, and the firm is focusing instead on providing truck drivers with remote access during the delicate terminal to final destination phase.
Colorado residents who work in the trucking industry should be aware that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a notice on February 1, 2017, that officially implemented a delay of their new rule's effective date. It sets national standards for truck driver training. The Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators rule was scheduled to become effective on February 6, 2017, after the Federal Register published it on December 8, 2016.
Accidents involving trucks are often caused by truck driver errors. Impaired truck drivers take unnecessary risks, make poor judgments and react slowly to traffic dangers. If you are injured in a trucking accident, you should look into the role of the driver and trucking company in the situation. Learn about the most common errors made by truck drivers.
In Colorado and across the United States, motorists who have been using their cellphones have been found to be responsible for countless motor vehicle accidents. Many lawsuits have as a result been filed by plaintiffs who are attempting to hold those drivers financially accountable for the harm that has resulted from this type of behavior.