Oregon leading in enforcement of truck safety law

Among long-haul drivers and heavy truck operators, Oregon has an interesting distinction. Oregon ranks #1 among states for enforcement of hours-of-service laws (HOS), meant to ensure truckers get adequate rest. Nearly 25% of all trucker tickets in the state are for HOS violations—compared to 9% nationally. Hours-of-service rules as of July 2013* An average work-week… Learn More »

Federal Regulations Written to Help Prevent Truck Crashes

Because of their size and weight, commercial trucks are capable of causing extremely serious injuries should an accident occur. As a result, the federal government has passed various laws holding semi-truck drivers, as well as trucking companies, responsible when they fail to comply with applicable federal regulations. While the standards may be high, the public’s safety is… Learn More »

Recent Trucking Regulations Impact Safety

Driver fatigue is often overlooked as a cause for traffic accidents. Truck drivers are especially affected by fatigue given the nature of their job and work schedules. Previous studies have shown that a truck driver remaining awake for 17 hours results in response times 50% slower than that of a well-rested driver. Another factor that… Learn More »

Revisiting Safety Standards in Buses

Many have called for a review of safety standards for both trucks and buses in light of the tragic crash between a Fed Ex truck and a charter bus that killed 10 people in Northern California earlier this month. While the National Traffic and Safety Board (NTSB) has pushed for “seatbelts, emergency exits and fire-safety… Learn More »

Video shows drivers reacting to new highway lane

A new traffic pattern in Portland has resulted in a lot of near-miss collisions. ODOT removed an extra middle lane coming up to the junction of westbound I-84  and  I-5.  Drivers going north on I-5 need to be in the far right lane – but many  are driving as though the lane was still there,… Learn More »

New Safety Rules in Effect for Trucks

As of July 1, truckers are required to take a 30-minute break in the first 8 hours of driving. Truck drivers’ maximum hours per work-week are reduced from 82 to 70.  They must also take a 34-hour break–known as a “restart”–once in every 7-day period. The goal of the new rules is to reduce the… Learn More »

7 Rules for Safe Driving Around Semi-Trucks

This weekend, many of us will hit the road to see family for the holidays – and snow, rain and ice blanket many of the roads. Even the most cautious drivers need an occasional reminder about sharing the road with trucks. There has been an uptick in the number of fatalities in truck-related accidents: leading… Learn More »

Your annual reminder: winter roads are, in fact, dangerous

The rain and snow has started in earnest in the Northwest, and snowy and icy conditions are expected in mountain passes in eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. The combination of the wet weather and darkness during commutes means that every year around this time, the number of traffic crashes jumps – and… Learn More »

Truck inspection sidelines Oregon and Washington drivers

Oregon Department of Transportation inspectors joined Washington officials to perform safety checks on truckers along I-5 to see whether they were taking breaks as required by federal law. 26% of the truck drivers pulled over along Interstate 5 in Oregon – Ashland, Woodburn, and Roseburg – failed the safety inspection. In Washington, about 13% of… Learn More »

The crackdown on unsafe trucking companies

Federal regulators have shut down yet another unsafe trucking company, ordering J&A Transportation out of service on as of April 9. The carrier showed “blatant disregard for safety” by violating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) laws regarding hours of service for truck drivers and proper vehicle maintenance. This is the third closure of an unsafe… Learn More »