Big Trucks

Dear Congress: Don’t Delay Truck Safety

The Center for Auto Safety joins consumer groups, trucking companies, truck drivers, law enforcement organizations and victims, in calling for installation of Electronic Logging Devices in large trucks and buses to track driver hours accurately, and reduce crashes due to fatigue. Congress mandated the installation of ELDs by law in …

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Truck Safety Technology Can Prevent 63,000 Crashes Each Year

AAA Foundation Study Reveals Benefits of Adding Safety Technology to Large Trucks WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 21, 2017)- Equipping large trucks with advanced safety technologies has the potential to prevent up to 63,000 truck related crashes each year, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In 2015, …

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Traffic Experts Debate How to Prevent Deadly Truck Underride Crashes

Big trucks need improved underride guards, trucking industry executives, government officials and safety activists agree, but opinions diverge sharply on the design and cost of the safety measures. That’s what emerged from an all-day conference on deadly underride crashes at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Vehicle Research Center in …

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Trucks and Buses to Get Electronic Stability Control

by Christopher Jensen

June 3, 2015

Citing a desire to make large trucks and buses safer, federal regulators said on Wednesday that they would require new vehicles to have electronic stability controls to help drivers maintain control during a skid.

“Electronic stability control is a remarkable safety success story, a technology innovation that is already saving lives in passenger cars and light trucks,” the secretary of transportation, Anthony Foxx, said in a statement.

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Trucking Fatalities Increase for Fourth Year in a Row

(Bloomberg) -- The number of people killed in large-truck crashes increased for the fourth straight year, bucking a trend of overall improvement in U.S. highway safety.

Fatalities rose to 3,964 people last year, which includes truckers, pedestrians and the occupants of vehicles that collided with the big rigs, the U.S. Transportation Department said today in its annual traffic-injury report. That’s up 0.5 percent from 2012, even though highway deaths involving all types of vehicles fell 3.1 percent to 32,719.

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