Balder had stopped to assist a Chicago-bound big rig that had stalled out in the rightmost lane of the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway. The problem was that this was a trip across the Midwest in the dead of winter, with a brutal deep freeze, snow, fog and whipping winds along the way.
According to Velasquez's logbook for the trip that killed Vincent Petrella, he followed safety rules.
Most independent experts believe fatigue-related wrecks are significantly undercounted since there is no roadside exam or blood test for drowsiness, and drivers are often reluctant to admit they were nodding off.
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The backdoor approach is the easiest way for the industry to get around the safety restrictions that most Americans support. Although Velasquez said he never got safety training from his employer, records say that he received at least a little, and the company did possess some of the required safety training materials.
Renato Velasquez, who was barreling toward the stopped vehicles in a flatbed big rig loaded with three massive rolls of steel, didn't see Balder's flashers.
The highest number of truck accidents occur in California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. Those are just cases for which drowsiness was explicitly stated as a possible cause.
The three 14,pound steel coils chained to Velazquez's trailer bed burst their restraints. And firms with two alerts have crash rates that are double the average among companies with no alerts.
To do a better job dealing with the issue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration floated a proposal in April that would have required overweight truckers to get checked for sleep apnea. The risk of apnea rises dramatically with weight gain, and approximately two-thirds of all truck drivers are believed to be obese, according to a recent federal survey.
Rather than taking the chance that FMCSA might resurrect its proposal on apnea screening, industry lobbyists approached allies in Congress to write a law that would require the agency to follow the longer, more cumbersome formal rulemaking course.
But that path does not often get the trucking industry what it wants. Some truck drivers are simply referred to as auto haulers. Although Velasquez said he never got safety training from his employer, records say that he received at least a little, and the company did possess some of the required safety training materials.
The new rule effectively cut the maximum hours drivers could work from 82 per week to Additionally, it provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers, the general public and officials about forklift operating safety practices to encourage safer behavior.
The driver, David Gibbons, 61, smashed his rig into the stopped cars and also killed five people. One of the massive rolls struck the cab of the Tollway vehicle, instantly killing its year-old driver Vincent Petrella and injuring Agron Xhelaj, the driver of the stalled truck who was seated beside him.
The transportation services of YRC extend to the U. To get good loads, a trucker needs a strong relationship with his trucking company's dispatchers, who take orders from shipping brokers and route them to available tractors.
Balder needed to find a way to escape if he was ever going to see his wife and kids again. Despite continuing new arrivals, the rate of natural increase was such that by the s only a small minority of Americans had been born overseas.
Trucking, and One Way to Immediately Improve the Lives of Millions. By Wade Frazier. Introduction. A Simple Vision. How It Could Appear in Practice. North Carolina Trucking Association Call on Washington September 13, NCTA's Call on Washington program is our opportunity to meet directly with Members of Congress, key congressional staff, federal regulators, fellow industry leaders and ATA staff to discuss legislation and regulations affecting the trucking industry.
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