In a recent year, nearly 5,000 people in the U.S. were killed and 147,000 were injured in traffic crashes involving large trucks, as reported by the National Safety Council (NSC). There are more trucks than ever on the roads today, and the trucking industry is losing experienced drivers. The good news is that artificial intelligence (AI) technology is emerging that could significantly reduce the risk of truck accidents.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency. It is charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the U.S. and significant accidents in other modes of transportation, including fatal truck crashes. Among other things, NTSB, determines the probable cause of the accident and issues safety recommendation to help prevent similar incidents in the future.
Truck Driver Safety
Unfortunately, truck accidents are relatively standard in Colorado. While the number of trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2020 decreased by 4% from 2019, it’s still 33% higher than in 2011. In addition, the number of deaths caused by large truck crashes increased by 31% from 2011 to 2020.
Truck accidents are a severe problem in Colorado. Hundreds of people are killed in truck accidents yearly, and many more are injured. Truck accidents often involve large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, and can be very dangerous. A common cause of truck accidents is faulty brakes or faulty use of brakes. When brakes are not functioning correctly or used properly, it can be difficult for a truck driver to stop the vehicle promptly, leading to severe accidents.
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Trucks are massive, and they take a lot longer to stop than cars. That’s why drivers and passengers in regular vehicles, bicyclists, motorcycle riders and pedestrians are all vulnerable to the ravages of truck accidents. In a recent year, over 5000 people died in crashes involving trucks, and about 130,000 people are injured in these accidents annually.
The trucking industry in America is dealing with a shortage of qualified drivers. Currently, a shortage of 80,000 truck drivers is adversely affecting the supply chain, as reported by Fortune. In response to this situation, the federal government has established the Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program, which will allow 18-year-olds with a state issued CDL and a clean driving record to drive big rigs across state lines, under the supervision of an experienced commercial driver.
In recent years, the need for truck drivers has significantly increased. While good for the trucking industry, the increase has led to many less experienced truck drivers operating commercial trucks on the highways and streets in Colorado Springs and throughout the state.
There is no question that experience is a critical point in whether a driver can operate a commercial truck safely. Semi-trucks, tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, and big rigs – these vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. when fully loaded. They require a long distance to come to a complete stop, and any driver error can lead to a disaster, with innocent people sustaining serious or fatal injuries.
We have all driven next to a truck with “Hazardous Material” stamped on its side and felt our whole bodies tense up. Tanker trucks that transport hazardous materials must be handled with great care, as a single mistake by the trucker can cause a devastating accident.
You might assume that these trucks only transport oil, biofuels, and gasoline, but “hazardous materials” can also include everyday products like paint and hairspray. Even with this seemingly harmless cargo, there is still the potential for a deadly cargo spill.
A city needs garbage trucks in order to run properly. Without them, garbage would pile up, and there would be serious hygiene and health problems in Colorado. However, just because garbage trucks are necessary doesn’t mean they are safe. In fact, garbage trucks are incredibly dangerous to those near them.