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Disturbing Trend in Truck Crashes

Posted on January 30, 2023

According to a recent article in Land Line, the year 2020 had the third most deadly crashes with trucks weighing more than 10,000 lbs. in the last 11 years. This trend was revealed in the latest Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) “Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics.” The number of large truck fatal crashes increased each year from 3,622 in 2015 to 4,502 in 2019. In 2020, there were 4,444 deadly crashes, just slightly lower than the year before, and during a time with greatly reduced traffic on the roads.

The article noted that the crash numbers have “moved in the wrong direction” since the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate has been fully enforced. An ELD connects with the truck’s engine to automatically record driving time, which is limited to 11 hours. According to the report, drivers say they feel rushed to try to beat the clock, which can in fact hinder safety. The FMCSA is considering expanding the mandate to trucks with pre-2000 engines, a move that the industry opposes, citing lack of data that shows ELDs actually improve safety.

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