Underride Roundtable 2015

In 2015, 4,067 people were killed in large truck crashes in the United States

Underride Roundtable 2015

The Truck Safety Coalition co-hosted the first ever Underride Roundtable at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safetys testing facility in Ruckersville, VA. The conference brought together researchers, safety advocates, government officials, and industry leaders to discuss truck underride crashes, examine the scope of the problem, and determine how to reduce the risks for passenger vehicle occupants through regulation and voluntary action. A crash test was also conducted to demonstrate improved underride guards.

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“This conference is a critical milestone in the decades-long effort to strengthen underride protections for large trucks to prevent needless injuries and fatalities,” said John Lannen, Executive Director of the Truck Safety Coalition. “We hope that today’s discussion will spur swift industry and government action on underride which has long been recognized as a major safety issue.”

John Lannen continued, “Reviewing the research underscored startling data that demonstrate the need for long-overdue action to prevent underride crashes. At this conference, however, we did not stop at identifying the issues. We also worked to identify common ground to create commonsense reforms that have a meaningful impact on safety.”

At the conference, Jennifer Tierney, a board member of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH), presented the Distinguished Safety Leadership Award to Greer Woodruff, Senior Vice President of Safety, Security, and Driver Personnel of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. for his outstanding and longtime dedication to improving truck safety.

“I have been advocating for stronger underride guards after my father, James Mooney, was killed in a truck underride crash thirty-three years ago. While many lives would have been saved had there been action following his death, this Underride Roundtable is major step in the right direction” stated Jennifer Tierney. “I look forward to working with government and industry officials as a member of the Underride Initiative at the Truck Safety Coalition to achieve a goal of zero underride crashes.”

Were you unable to attend the Underride Roundtable? View the entire event here: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1100569

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The roundtable was organized and sponsored by

IIHS, the Truck Safety Coalition and Annaleah & Mary for Truck Safety

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Truck Accidents

Truck Accidents that Occurred in 2014 and 2015

Truck Accidents – 2015

Texas truck driver dies in six-vehicle crash on I-81

Tractor-trailer crashes into Tyrone dam and pond

Tractor Trailer Crashes Into Car And Wall On Thruway

4 people die when semi smashes into car in eastern Iowa

Police Identify Two Killed In Saturday Crash On I-95 In Old Lyme

Funeral set for Bartow County missionary killed by tractor-trailer

Driver cited in tractor trailer crash that closed section of I-78

Howe truck driver in critical condition after Monday wreck in Emmett

Two vehicles damaged by semi in downtown accident

UPDATE: Police identify driver killed in Bypass crash

Truck driver flown to hospital after fiery crash

Tractor-trailer truck dumps Poland Spring water on turnpike

Woman killed in Route 30 crash in Reisterstown

Truck driver dies in I-80 crash

Fire, crash causes damage to 3 semi-trucks, closes I-76 between Keenesburg and Wiggins

Wreck involving tractor-trailer kills 1 on I-40

‘Everything was burning,’ says witness of crash that injured 3 on M-14

Semi driver injured after crashing on Outer Loop

Man dies, trucker jailed after multi-vehicle crash on I-75

Names released in Friday motorcycle crash

Highway Patrol: stray tire caused grocery truck crash on I-77

Saratoga county man overdoses at the wheel, revived and arrested

Coffee Blamed For Semi-Truck Accident Near Brush

Victim Identified In Crash That Shutdown I-85 for 13 Hours

Coroner identifies tractor-trailer driver killed in crash

Suspected Drunk Trucker Charged after Feliberto Sepeda Killed in Semi-Truck Accident

Pickup driver walks away from wreck with semi in Alaska

Pedestrians injured when semi cuts corner in NE Portland

Three dead, five injured in 18-wheeler crash on I-35

55-year-old on bike dies after being struck by semi in Westmoreland County

Tractor-trailer hits minivan head-on, kills passenger

One killed, one injured in tractor trailer accident

Firefighters Injured, 2 Arrested in Deadly Crashes in Irving

Tavares man critically injured in St. Lucie County crash

Glenview Man Dies In South Dakota Motorcycle Accident

Driver rescued after his semi-truck rolls off Interstate 5, starts brush fire

Center Grove mother, two young children among five people killed in crash on I-65 in Tippecanoe County, interstate closed

Vehicle collision with semi kills one near Ritzville

Crews On Scene Of Multi-Vehicle Crash Involving Semi In South OKC

Semi loaded with produce crashes on I-15; traffic backup leads to 3-vehicle collision

Three suffer minor injuries in tractor-trailer collides with vehicle, then house

Crash into fire truck shows why Florida’s Move Over law is important

LSP: Metairie man dies in crash on Interstate 12

2 hurt in 18-wheeler accident in north Houston

Tractor-trailer crashes into passenger vehicle on U.S. 58 in Suffolk

Woman’s Car Overturned by Tractor Trailer in Mercer County

Semi driver dies following US-24 crash, fire

[Crash] injures Casey woman

Family remembers tractor-trailer wreck victim

Truck driver likely fell asleep before I-5 crash

Driver dies in Kansas semi accident

Two Die In Tractor-Trailer Crash Near Gravette

2 dead, 4 injured after truck hits motorcycles along Interstate 85 in Guilford County

Collision Course: With Wary Eye on Big Trucks, Bike Riders Seek Safe Space on City Streets

UPDATE: Two children among six dead in I-75 crash; driver identified

Amtrak train collides with truck carrying bacon near Wilmington

JBLM soldier, family killed in Texas crash

1 dead, 3 injured in Salado bridge crash

Victims in I-75 [Fedex Double Tractor Trailer] crash identified

5 dead in another crash on interstate near Savannah

5 Nursing Students Killed in Georgia Interstate Crash

Man faces involuntary manslaughter in fatal I-80 accident

Worker Killed Outside Argyle H.S. Was Hit By Semi Driven By His Dad

Background of truck driver involved in deadly crash reveals previous concerns

2-truck crash kills 2 Sunday on Alligator Alley

Left lane of turnpike reopens to eastbound traffic after fatal crash in Portage County

Fiery Tanker Crash, Explosion Shuts Down I-94 Near Detroit-Dearborn Border

Officials: Truck driver fell asleep in fatal Washington bus crash

Second victim dies after Peace River Bridge crash

A week after Metrolink train crashes into truck, engineer dies

Church raising money for crash victims’ father

1 killed in north Phoenix semi crash involving semi, 2nd truck

Woman hit, killed by semi-truck in Otsego

1 dead in truck, car crash on Interstate 287 in Mahwah

Winnsboro woman dies in head-on crash

One Dead, Two Injured After Four Semis Crash on I-49

I-45 Fatality

Woman killed in crash at entrance to I-95 in Yulee

At least 1 dead in 150-car pileup in Michigan

Man Wedged Between Semi Trucks Survives Massive I-84 Pileup Crash

Elgin woman killed in OK panhandle crash

Missouri truck crash kills N.J. man on New Year’s Eve

Truck Accidents – 2014

2014 Was A Banner Year For Food Spills On Highways

FedEx truck overturns on New Jersey highway, spills packages 

Chain reaction I-10 crash in Hancock County kills 4, injures 4

Arizona freeway crash: truck loses control, kills 4

Tired Trucker Tears Baltimore County Family Apart

Double-fatal crash near Huntley

One Killed in Monroe County Crash

I-59 Accident Takes Four Lives

Fiery Crash in Kaufman County Kills Three

3 killed, 13 Hurt in I-57 Crash

Woman Killed Friday in Crash on Indiana 49

Crash Devastates a Kentucky Family

Two killed, Four Injured in Multiple Vehicle Crash

Shadyside man killed in bizarre I-470 Crash

Woman Struck, Killed by Tractor Trailer

Truck Accidents

*A new version of the AP Stylebook was made available on June 1, 2016. One of the notable changes was the guidance the book offers on when to call a collision an “accident.” According to two tweets from AP Stylebook, “when negligence is claimed or proven, [journalists should] avoid accident, which can be read as exonerating the person,” and “instead, use crash, collision or other terms.”

TSC welcomes this effort to change the conversation about crashes, but we are also aware that many people use the word “accident” when looking for more information about a crash, which is why we have left it on this page. We will continue supporting efforts to Drop the “A” Word and push for “crash or collision” to be the default word used by journalists.

Link to Article: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2016/04/04/associated-press-cautions-journalists-that-crashes-arent-always-accidents/

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STATEMENT OF SAFETY ADVOCATES AND TRUCK CRASH VICTIMS’ FAMILIES CONDEMNING FMCSA PLAN TO WITHDRAW IMPORTANT RULE ON TRUCK DRIVER FATIGUE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 7, 2017

Truck Drivers Suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Fatigue are a Clear Threat to Themselves and Other Road Users

Dropping Rules to Screen and Assist Drivers with OSA Puts Lives at Risk

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is threatening the safety of all motorists by abandoning plans to require screening and treatment for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). FMCSA’s plan to withdraw an important safety rulemaking which is already underway ignores the advice of medical experts, fellow federal regulators and even the agency’s own advisory committees. The move comes at a time when the number of truck crashes, fatalities and injuries continues to skyrocket.

Fatigue is a well-known and well-documented safety problem.  Large truck and motorcoach drivers frequently work long shifts with irregular schedules, often without adequate sleep. Compelling and consistent research from groups like the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has shown that OSA-afflicted drivers who are not properly treated are more prone to fatigue and have a higher crash rate than the general driver population. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also considers OSA to be a disqualifying condition unless properly treated. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is so concerned about fatigue-involved crashes that the Board included fatigue on both its 2016 and 2017/2018 Most Wanted List of safety changes because fatigue has been cited as a major contributor to truck crashes.

Ignoring the threat of fatigued truck drivers is particularly dangerous at a time when annual truck crash fatalities are comparable to a major airplane crash every other week of the year. In 2015, crashes involving large trucks led to the deaths of 4,067 people and left 116,000 more injured. Moreover, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), fatalities in large truck crashes have increased by 20 percent since 2009 and large truck crash injuries have increased by 57 percent over the same time period.

It is especially disappointing that FMCSA is failing to heed the warning of its own advisory committees regarding OSA screenings. In 2012, the FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) and its Medical Review Board found that drivers with a body mass index of 35 or greater are more likely to suffer from OSA and recommended that they undergo an objective evaluation for the condition.

FMCSA’s move to kill this vital rule threatens the safety of truck drivers and the public at large. Basic safety protections are critical not only to help identify CMV drivers with OSA and get them the treatment they need, but also to provide clear rules to the industry, drivers and medical professionals on how best to deal with this significant safety risk.

Henry Jasny, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and a MCSAC member, said, “In abandoning its effort to screen professional commercial drivers for the serious medical condition of obstructive sleep apnea, the FMCSA fails to protect public safety on our highways from those who drive while fatigued due to this condition. The agency also shows a callous disregard for the health and well-being of drivers who suffer from OSA. This is yet another example of the FMCSA throwing its mission, to make safety its highest priority, under the bus.”

“Today, FMCSA showed, once again, a lack of commitment to improving commercial motor carrier safety at a time when truck crashes, injuries, and fatalities continue to surge,” said John Lannen, Executive Director of the Truck Safety Coalition and member of the MCSAC. “The agency’s misguided move also demonstrates a refusal to listen to the advice of advisory boards with experts on this issue – the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and the Medical Review Board. The withdrawal of this lifesaving rule that would establish requirements for sleep apnea screening is baffling given the agency is charged with improving motor carrier safety and, according to one of the largest sleep apnea studies, up to 50 percent of commercial motor vehicle drivers are at risk this health problem.”

Jane Mathis, a board member of Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT) who also serves on the MCSAC, stated, “Sleep apnea is a scientifically proven sleep disorder that causes a brief interruption of breathing during sleep. People with sleep apnea are at risk of becoming fatigued as their body and brain are deprived of oxygen and the restorative effects of sleep. Policymakers at the FMCSA should be doing more to prevent truck crashes, which have skyrocketed 45 percent since 2009, including preventing truckers with OSA from getting behind the wheel and driving tired because of their sleep disorder. My son David and his wife of five days Mary Kathryn were driving home from their honeymoon when they were rear-ended and killed by a truck driver who had fallen asleep behind the wheel. Withdrawing this rulemaking is a step in the wrong direction for the safety of all motorists.”

Steve Owings, Co-Founder of Road Safe America and a MCSAC member, stated, “As the father of a young man who was killed in a truck crash, I know how dangerous large trucks can be and how critically important safety protections are. Drivers suffering from OSA are at risk from the effects of fatigue which pose a real danger to all those who share the road with large trucks. I am disheartened and dismayed that the FMCSA is ignoring the advice of its own advisory panels and other experts by withdrawing plans to require OSA screenings for commercial truck drivers. In fact, a survey prepared for the FMCSA found that almost two-thirds of drivers often or sometimes felt drowsy while driving and almost half had said they had fallen asleep while driving the previous year. Instead of taking action to remedy this problem, today’s action fails the motoring public.”

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