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September 2013 Archives

Backup car accidents preventable, policies remain unchanged

When a person goes to pick out a new car, they have many safety options to choose from. These options don't come standard on many vehicles, but could help prevent serious car accidents. Backup cameras, backup sensors, lane-departure warning and prevention systems, and cars that can autonomously stop themselves seem like the way of the near future.

Training for entry-level truckers: the federal rule process

The process of creating a mandatory federal rule can be an exhausting one. In the field of truck safety, we have seen this time and again regarding rules such as hours-of-service (HOS) limitations for drivers. The fight over HOS limitations went on for so long that it was dubbed the "never-ending saga."

Truckers and sleep disorders: proposal calls for formal rules

Research on sleep, and sleep disorders in particular, has exploded in recent years. Scientists are finding out more all the time about what affects sleep. And yet there remain many aspects of how and why people sleep - or don't sleep - that remain deeply mysterious.

1 killed, 2 injured in car accident north of San Antonio

Two people were injured and another person was killed in a crash last Friday on State Highway 16. The car accident happened north of San Antonio when a car that was driving north crossed the centerline and hit a southbound car. The two people that were injured had to be flown to a nearby hospital.

Road safety: Truck drivers urged to maintain brake systems

Driving undoubtedly causes some wear and tear on a vehicle over the course of time. In order to keep a vehicle operating effectively and safely, maintenance or repairs may become necessary. The need to maintain vehicles is exceptionally important for over-the-road truck drivers who can travel hundreds or thousands of miles every week.

Update: Family of deceased rider files lawsuit against Six Flags

In late July we discussed the fatal amusement park accident at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. The tragedy took a woman's life, and there have been questions about the safety of the roller coaster from which she fell. The investigation into the accident was reportedly carried out by engineers at Six Flags, the manufacturer of the ride and other experts, and the amusement park issued a statement this week claiming that mechanical failure had been ruled out as a cause.

Federal registration for truck carriers: new process, part 1

One of the rules of thumb in any type of endeavor is that 80 percent of the problems are caused by 20 percent of the people. To be sure, the breakdown in a particular field may not be 80 / 20. The point, however, is that a small number of bad actors are often responsible for a disproportionate share of incidents.

Federal registration for truck carriers: new process, part 1

One of the rules of thumb in any type of endeavor is that 80 percent of the problems are caused by 20 percent of the people. To be sure, the breakdown in a particular field may not be 80 / 20. The point, however, is that a small number of bad actors are often responsible for a disproportionate share of incidents.

Teen dies after remote-control helicopter accident

A teenager in another state died earlier this week in a rare accident. The teen was in a park operating a remote-control helicopter when the helicopter fell from the sky and struck the teen in the head. Reports say the teen died from a severe head injury.

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