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Truck Safety: Caffeine Can Help And That's A Problem

A new study is concluding that truck drivers who drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages make themselves much less likely to cause or be involved in an accident. This is good news on the surface-but the findings also highlight an ongoing safety problem in the trucking industry.

Truck Safety: Caffeine Can Help And That's A Problem

A new study is concluding that truck drivers who drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages make themselves much less likely to cause or be involved in an accident. This is good news on the surface-but the findings also highlight an ongoing safety problem in the trucking industry.

Texas Truck Crash Throws Dangerous Debris Onto Highway

When something goes wrong with a large, 18-wheel semi-truck, the crashing truck itself is just one of the dangers to passing motorists. A truck accident that occurred this week in Lubbock County, Texas shows another problem: the trailer left its cargo strewn all over the road.

Texas Truck Crash Throws Dangerous Debris Onto Highway

When something goes wrong with a large, 18-wheel semi-truck, the crashing truck itself is just one of the dangers to passing motorists. A truck accident that occurred this week in Lubbock County, Texas shows another problem: the trailer left its cargo strewn all over the road.

DogsBite.org says Texas leads the nation in fatal dog attacks

DogsBite.org, which describes itself as one of the only websites that advocates for the safety of people first, dogs second, has a rather detailed report about the rate of fatal dog attacks in Texas. According to the report, Texas leads the nation in the number of deaths associated with dog bites from Jan. 2005 to Feb. 2013. During that time period, 34 Texans lost their lives because dogs attacked them.

Got kids? Don't let them distract you while behind the wheel

If you've got kids in the car while you're driving, chances are you're more distracted than if you were chatting on your cell phone, at least according to Australian researchers. As Paula Faris reports for ABC News, this "first-of-its-kind" study indicates that kids are actually 12 times more distracting than cell phone use.

Truck Accidents: Basic Facts About Trucking Dangers

Unfortunately, trucking accidents are a common occurrence with 18-wheel tractor-trailers and other large vehicles a common presence on Texas roadways. Trucking might be something of a necessary evil - but Texans should not have to worry about the likelihood of a serious truck crash. Better safety practices could help the trucking industry cut down on the more than 200,000 crashes that occur every year throughout the United States.

Truck Accidents: Basic Facts About Trucking Dangers

Unfortunately, trucking accidents are a common occurrence with 18-wheel tractor-trailers and other large vehicles a common presence on Texas roadways. Trucking might be something of a necessary evil - but Texans should not have to worry about the likelihood of a serious truck crash. Better safety practices could help the trucking industry cut down on the more than 200,000 crashes that occur every year throughout the United States.

Eagle Ford Shale: Deadly wrecks went up dramatically last year

As Jennifer Hiller reports for the San Antonio Express-News, fatal car wrecks in the Eagle Ford Shale area went up 40 percent in 2012. In some South Texas counties, like Karnes County, the number of collisions with trucks went up 1,000 percent. The president of the Texas Motor Vehicle Association says mostly car drivers are at fault for the accidents, not the truckers.

Federal Safety Agency Welcomes Newest Class Of Inspector-Trainees

As the state with one of the highest rates of truck accidents, it is perhaps appropriate that Texas hosts one of the most important truck safety functions in the nation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration operates its Safety Investigator Academy in San Marcos, Texas.

Federal Safety Agency Welcomes Newest Class Of Inspector-Trainees

As the state with one of the highest rates of truck accidents, it is perhaps appropriate that Texas hosts one of the most important truck safety functions in the nation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration operates its Safety Investigator Academy in San Marcos, Texas.

At Least It's Progress: ATA Reports Safety Improvements In 2012

As a leading organization in the trucking industry, the American Trucking Association plays an important role in trying to reduce the rate of serious crashes that currently plague Texas roadways. One of the ATA's goals involves a list of what observers describe as "20 critical steps" to help cut accident rates. The ATA recently announced that it has made progress in several of these 20 areas.

At Least It's Progress: ATA Reports Safety Improvements In 2012

As a leading organization in the trucking industry, the American Trucking Association plays an important role in trying to reduce the rate of serious crashes that currently plague Texas roadways. One of the ATA's goals involves a list of what observers describe as "20 critical steps" to help cut accident rates. The ATA recently announced that it has made progress in several of these 20 areas.

Trucking Accident Kills Six People After Safety Violations, Pt. 2

Federal authorities at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration play an important role on behalf of motorists in Texas and around the nation. As the federal agency in charge of commercial vehicles, its responsibilities involve conducting safety inspections at truck companies and reporting the results to individual states.

Trucking Accident Kills Six People After Safety Violations, Pt. 2

Federal authorities at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration play an important role on behalf of motorists in Texas and around the nation. As the federal agency in charge of commercial vehicles, its responsibilities involve conducting safety inspections at truck companies and reporting the results to individual states.

Texas Truck Rollover Crash Ignites Fuel Fire

When a large vehicle like an 18-wheel semi truck runs into trouble, the problems can spread far beyond the vehicle itself. A recent Texas crash is a perfect example. After an 18-wheeler lost control and flipped on its side while navigating an interstate junction, it ignited a potentially dangerous grass fire.

Texas Truck Rollover Crash Ignites Fuel Fire

When a large vehicle like an 18-wheel semi truck runs into trouble, the problems can spread far beyond the vehicle itself. A recent Texas crash is a perfect example. After an 18-wheeler lost control and flipped on its side while navigating an interstate junction, it ignited a potentially dangerous grass fire.

Future Energy Department head calls fracking a 'bridge' to clean energy

Is there such thing as a "bridge fuel" that will take the U.S. from a reliance on fossil fuels to renewable energy? A man named Ernest Moniz, a physicist at MIT, seems to think so, as Brad Plumer reports for the Washington Post.

Trucking Accident Kills Six People After Safety Violations, Pt. 1

A tragic truck accident killed six people, including two children, last week - drawing attention to a trucking company with a history of serious safety violations. This company will likely face lawsuits involving the accident. Based on its spotty record with federal regulators, the victims' family members seem likely to have strong arguments.

Trucking Accident Kills Six People After Safety Violations, Pt. 1

A tragic truck accident killed six people, including two children, last week - drawing attention to a trucking company with a history of serious safety violations. This company will likely face lawsuits involving the accident. Based on its spotty record with federal regulators, the victims' family members seem likely to have strong arguments.

18-Wheeler Loses Control And Crashes - Cause Remains Unknown

When driving a massive vehicle like an 18-wheel semi-truck, it is even more important to stay in control at all times. Even a minor mistake can lead to a catastrophic accident when a large, heavy truck is involved.

18-Wheeler Loses Control And Crashes - Cause Remains Unknown

When driving a massive vehicle like an 18-wheel semi-truck, it is even more important to stay in control at all times. Even a minor mistake can lead to a catastrophic accident when a large, heavy truck is involved.

San Antonio Truck Crash Injures Three

Two San Antonio motorists found themselves trapped between a dump truck and an 18-wheeler this week after one of the trucks crashed into them. The accident occurred during the morning commute on Wednesday and may have involved several common trucking problems.

San Antonio Truck Crash Injures Three

Two San Antonio motorists found themselves trapped between a dump truck and an 18-wheeler this week after one of the trucks crashed into them. The accident occurred during the morning commute on Wednesday and may have involved several common trucking problems.

Pit bull attacks, kills two-year-old boy in Texas

When the little boy ran after his balloon, which had floated into the yard of a neighbor, the pit bull chained up in the neighbor's yard attacked him and the boy lost his life. But the dog owner won't face charges in this particular Texas dog bite case.

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