In an effort to cut down on the prevalence of distracted driving in North Carolina and across the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed new guidelines that involve blocking many phone features while driving. The new recommendations are Phase 2 of the NHTSA's Driver Distraction Guidelines.
If autonomous truck technology becomes widely adopted, North Carolina truck drivers could take care of non-driving related tasks while they are traveling down the highways. That was one of the findings in a report from the American Transportation Research Institute. In its report, the ATRI discussed the potential of autonomous vehicle technology and explained the roadblocks that must be overcome before self-driving trucks can become a reality.
Semitrucks or eighteen-wheelers are the large vehicles that move commercial, industrial, agricultural and retail products around the country via our system of interstates. There is no question that our modern consumer culture requires these vehicles to maintain the standard of living that is a major risk for people out on the roads.
The hours that commercial vehicle drivers in North Carolina and around the country spend behind the wheel will be logged by electronic devices beginning in December 2017 as planned after a federal court ruled that the rule mandating them does not violate the U.S. Constitution. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published the rule in December 2015, but it has been roundly opposed by both truck drivers and advocacy groups for the trucking industry.
If the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has its way, big rigs will soon be traveling a little slower on our nation's highways.
Commercial truck drivers in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. as well as their employers are obligated to comply with a variety of rules and regulations that have been promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. One of the rules that the FMCSA has enacted requires drivers to take a 30-minute rest break during the first eight hours of each workday.
A North Carolina resident who is injured in an accident involving truck driver negligence may potentially seek compensation from the driver and the trucking company by filing a lawsuit. Many of these lawsuits are settled outside of court to avoid the time and expense of litigation. However, there are advantages and disadvantages of taking this route that injured individuals should be aware of.
Road users in North Carolina rely on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to ensure that bus and semi-tractor trailer drivers are qualified and properly trained. Large commercial vehicles handle very differently from passenger cars and light trucks, and becoming familiar with their controls and behavior is an important part of driver training. Current federal commercial driver's license rules have been criticized in some quarters because trainee drivers do not spend significant amounts of time behind the wheel in real-world driving situations, but changes to the regulations proposed by the FMCSA in early March would add this requirement.
With large trucks such a prevalent sight on North Carolina roadways, those who are sharing the road need to be cognizant of the possibility of a truck accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has implemented regulations mandating limits on how long drivers can drive and the amount of rest they are required to have.
Sometimes, something really big needs to be moved. Often, that means an oversized truck must carry it. And really large loads require special planning, because you have to ensure that the load will fit on the roads over which the truck must pass. This includes checking out bridges and overpasses, to ensure the oversized load will fit and that it is not too heavy and won't exceed the bridges load limits.