Nebraska motorists may have heard about a truck accident on May 19 in Georgia that claimed the lives of five individuals. Police believe the truck driver may have fallen asleep prior to the fatal wreck.
Nebraska drivers have most likely seen large trucks driving on the highway. For the most part, the trucks and their drivers get to their destinations safely. However, there were 3,912 people killed and 104,000 people injured in accidents involving such vehicles in 2012. This represents a 4 percent increase in fatalities since 2011 and an 18 percent increase in injuries since 2011.
In a development that could mean safer roads for Nebraska drivers, the federal government recently enacted a plan to cut bureaucratic red tape in the trucking industry, which will purportedly eliminate a key paperwork requirement for truck drivers. Effective Dec. 18, truck drivers are no longer required to submit pre- and post-trip vehicle inspection reports when vehicle inspections find no violations, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Drivers in Nebraska may be interested in knowing how safe a large truck may be on the highway. The definition of a large truck is any vehicle that is rated to weigh more than 10,000 pounds. In 2012, there was a 4 percent increase in fatalities involving large trucks and a 5 percent increase in fatalities for those occupying other vehicles involved in the crash.
Commercial drivers in Nebraska are bound by the guidelines set forth by the Federal Motor Commission Safety Administration, including limitations on their hours of service. These rules are put in place to minimize the risk of accidents and help keep people safe on the roadways. The Hours of Service for Drivers Final Rule was first published in December 2011, but provisions were changed in 2013.
Around 5 a.m. Aug. 28, a collision between an SUV and a semi-truck at a rural Nebraska intersection left three out of four family members from Hastings dead. The accident occurred at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 14 North and U.S. Highway 6 as the family was leaving for Texas to visit a daughter. The truck driver allegedly ran a stop sign, leading to the collision.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, a collision involving a tractor-trailer and a sports utility vehicle in Overton claimed the lives of two people and injured two others. The June 5 truck accident took place on Interstate 80 at approximately 2:30 p.m.