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CVSA inspection spree focused on trucker fatigue

Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts a three-day inspection spree together with safety organizations and law enforcement personnel across the nation. Called the International Roadcheck, the event is meant to check for the compliance of bus and large truck drivers with current safety guidelines. Truckers in Ohio who were not stopped may be wondering what the results were. At the moment, the 2018 numbers have not been published.

The unsafe trends that the CVSA is trying to combat, however, remain the same. The top concern is with hours-of-service violations. Many truck drivers are exceeding the 14-hour limit during their work shift, and they often neglect to take 8 hours of rest before starting a new shift. This means that more truckers are driving drowsy.

Impairment, whether caused by fatigue, alcohol, drugs or illness, is a major factor in truck crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has stated that in 2016, impairment was behind 157 fatal crashes that involved large trucks. The same organization found that during the 2017 International Roadcheck, there were over 33,000 instances found of non-compliance with the hours-of-service guidelines.

This is especially worrisome considering the nationwide growth in large-truck traffic. It's projected to grow by more than 60 percent by 2040. However, with the ELD mandate now in effect for all trucks, it is easier for inspectors to detect non-compliance.

By filing a truck accident claim, those who are injured through the negligence of a truck driver may be able to receive damages. If the victim died in the crash, an eligible dependent might file a wrongful death suit and be compensated for pre-death medical bills, funeral and burial expenses and, if applicable, loss of support. In either case, lawyers may be able to gather the necessary proof and handle all negotiations with the trucking company.

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