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Truck Accidents

Proposed Hours of Service Rule Changes Aim to Give Truckers Flexibility but Brings Safety Concerns

Truckers across the U.S. were finally able to catch a break earlier this month as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled its proposed changes to the hours of service (HOS) rule. “FMCSA wants drivers and all CMV (commercial motor vehicle) stakeholders to share their thoughts and opinions on the proposed changes to hours of service rules that we are putting forward today. We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility — and we have acted. We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal,” says FMCSA Administrator Raymond P....

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NYC’s Expanded Speed Camera Program Takes Effect

On the same week as cyclists protested the recent uptick in rider deaths, city officials announced the beginning of the expanded speed camera program—which will significantly expand the number of speed cameras and their hours of operation. The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) will announce the beginning of the speed camera program on Thursday morning, near P.S. 28 in the Bronx’s Mount Hope neighborhood, along East Tremont Avenue. The section is a Vision Zero Priority Corridor, in the top 10 percent of corridors in the borough for number of people killed or severely injured. Following years of advocacy, the state legislature passed several bills in the...

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Study: Speed Limit Enforcement Cameras Save Money and Lives in NYC

Speed cameras rank among the most cost-effective social policies, saving both money and lives according to research conducted at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. Using the 140 speed cameras in New York City as a case study, researchers analyzed how to optimize the number of cameras such that the most lives can be saved at the lowest cost. They reported that doubling the number of cameras from 140 to 300 would save $1.2 billion while improving the quality and the duration of New Yorkers’ lives. The findings are published online in the BMJ journal Injury Research. “There are an optimal number of...

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Far from rest areas, fatigued CMV drivers more liable to crash

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Back in November, researchers published a study in Accident Analysis & Prevention, and their conclusions should be of interest to commercial motor vehicle drivers in New York. Fatigued driving is a hazard of the trucking industry, and researchers have found that fatigue-related CMV crashes are more likely in areas far from any truck stops, rest areas or weigh stations with rest havens. Crashes were discovered to be two-and-a-half times more likely in places that are 20 to 40 miles away from rest areas. The prospect of a crash went up seven times in areas more than...

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Agency develops new measurement of trucking safety

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Truck accidents can be particularly devastating for New York drivers on the road. Due to the size and weight of large semi-trucks, occupants of passenger vehicles are far more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer. This means that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, mandate to identify unsafe trucking companies and improve their records is important for the safety of everyone who takes to the roads. The FMCSA released a report that identified its plans to reform the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program to improve trucking...

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Truck crashes pose severe risk to passenger car occupants

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Truck accidents can be catastrophic and even deadly for occupants of other vehicles on New York roadways. Because of the weight and mass of tractor-trailers, a collision with a truck can have especially damaging, long-term effects. In addition, the size disparity means that the people in smaller vehicles bear a much greater risk. Statistics collected by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that 69 percent of the victims in accidents involving large trucks were in passenger vehicles, while only 16 percent of injured victims were occupants of the trucks. Despite the fact that many...

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Truck driver safety: its highs and lows by state

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law New York residents should know about some analyses made by two fleet management systems providers. In the first, a company analyzed the behavior of drivers from more than 6,200 of its fleets, including small and midsize businesses with anywhere between 2 and 200 work trucks, including commercial motor vehicles, pick-ups and light vans. Using this data, it ranked the 50 states for truck driver safety. The safest states for truck drivers are all on the East Coast, with New York ranking fifth. The top four are Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. The most dangerous states...

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Roadcheck cracks down on fatigued truck driving

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law posted in Truck Accidents on Thursday, June 14, 2018. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance instituted the International Roadcheck several years ago as a way to crack down on certain common violations among bus and commercial truck drivers. This three-day inspection spree occurs once a year across New York and the rest of the U.S. as well as overseas. The 2018 Roadcheck has just wrapped up; it took place from June 5 to 7. While the number of citations issued this year has yet to be counted, previous events can serve as an indicator. During last year's event, safety...

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Trucking crashes can cause severe injuries

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law When drivers in New York share the road with large trucks, they may be concerned about the consequences of a collision involving one of these massive vehicles. When a fatal crash takes place involving both a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck, the fatality is a person in the passenger car up to 97 percent of the time. Even when everyone survives the crash, the injuries and property damage suffered can be significant. This is especially true when trucks of such size and mass are involved. Some of the most catastrophic injuries that can be caused...

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Large truck crashes increase in 2016

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law The number of fatal crashes involving large trucks increased by 3 percent from 2015 to 2016 according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Vehicles, people or objects encroaching into a truck's lane were contributing factors to 76 percent of those accidents. These accidents were most likely to happen on rural areas of New York and other parts of the country. Specifically, 61 percent of accidents involving large trucks took place in rural areas while another 15 percent took place on interstate highways in rural locations. One reason why the number of fatal truck accidents...

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