Passenger vehicles and motorcyclists are greatly outweighed by trucks and are at a severe disadvantage in wrecks. Even with strict limits on weight and height, tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 20 to 30 times more than other vehicles and can take 20 to 40 percent farther to stop. According to the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS), large trucks have a higher fatal crash rate per mile traveled than passenger vehicles.
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TRUCK CRASH STATISTICS
More than 3,100 people died in truck crashes across the United States in 2009, according to the IIHS. Of those killed, 70 percent were occupants of other vehicles, not the truck drivers. In Texas, there were more than 386,000 truck-related collisions, resulting in nearly 50,000 injuries, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
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TRUCKS LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Laws and regulations for truck drivers and trucking companies were designed to protect all drivers on the road—truck drivers and other motorists. Truck operators must meet the following requirements:
A driver must:
- be 21 years of age or older who speaks and reads English
- be in good health and have a valid medical certificate
- be qualified to drive a truck and have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license
- pass a driver’s road test
- provide employer with a signed list of all motor vehicle violations and can’t be convicted of breaking any violations within 12 months
- know how to safely load and secure cargo for the truck
Once employed, a truck driver must:
- wear a seat belt while operating the truck at all times
- obey driving time restrictions and truck weight limits
- comply to all safety standards and make sure truck meets all requirements by regularly checking the following: brakes, tires, reflectors and warning devices, mirrors, lighting, steering systems, emergency equipment, etc.
- not possess or consume alcohol within four hours of being on duty
- not possess or consume drugs, including narcotics, derivatives, or amphetamines
To learn more about truck regulations and requirements, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.