Sharing a roadway with excessively tired tractor-trailer drivers can be a frightening thought for many Connecticut drivers. Because of the weight and mass of large trucks and buses, accidents involving these vehicles can be deadly or cause serious personal injuries. Despite the risks to roadway safety posed by drowsy drivers piloting massive trucks, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is seeking to make changes to truck drivers' regulations for hours of work in order to make them more flexible.
More than 2 million tractor-trailers travel U.S. roadways, and sharing the road with vehicles that can weigh as much as 40 tons can be unnerving for motorists in Connecticut and around the country. Collisions with large and heavy commercial vehicles tend to end badly for passenger vehicle occupants, but remaining vigilant and eschewing ill-advised maneuvers can help drivers to avoid accidents and allow them to reach their destinations unharmed.
More than 1,700 Kenworth and Peterbilt tractor-trailers are subject to a recall due to a fuel pump problem. Some of these trucks may be on the road in Connecticut, and their drivers and owners should be aware of the situation.
Trucking companies in Connecticut that were preparing for the possibility of speed limiter rules can scratch that concern off of their lists for the near future. A biannual update to the regulatory calendar of the U.S. Department of Transportation has shifted the rule-making process for speed limiters to a long-term agenda item. Last September, the department had proposed mandating the use of the technology to prevent commercial trucks from speeding.
Connecticut residents may be familiar with a condition called sleep apnea. It causes people to start and stop breathing on a regular basis when they sleep. There are many factors that may cause a person to get obstructive sleep apnea such as poor diet and lack of exercise. Complications from surgery or side effects from medication can also lead to the condition in some people.