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August 2019 Archives

2018 the third straight year with over 40,000 traffic deaths

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council show that roadway fatalities in the U.S. have reached the 40,000 mark for the third consecutive year. Residents of California should know that in 2016, there were 40,327 deaths reported on America's roads, followed by 40,231 deaths in 2017 and 40,000 in 2018.

FMCSA announces relaxed hours of service rules

The regulations that limit the amount of time that truck drivers in California and around the country can spend behind the wheel may soon be relaxed. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Aug. 14 that it plans to publish revised hours of service regulations in the Federal Register. Once published, the public will be given 45 days to submit comments about the changes. Organizations such as the American Trucking Association have welcomed the changes and believe they could improve road safety, but several other advocacy groups oppose relaxed hours of service rules.

Lawmakers introduce automatic emergency braking bill

The number of deadly accidents involving semi-tractor trailers rose sharply in California and around the country in 2017 according to data gathered by the National Safety Council, and many of these crashes were caused by truck drivers who were distracted, fatigued or impaired. Road safety advocates have long lauded the merits of automatic emergency braking systems, and a bill currently before the House of Representatives Highways and Transit Subcommittee would make the technology mandatory equipment on all commercial vehicles in the United States.

Tesla faces wrongful death suit for March 2019 crash

Drivers in California should know that Tesla will be facing a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of a man who was killed while operating one of its vehicles. The lawsuit was announced on August 1, 2019, and will be filed at the Palm Beach County court in Florida. The family is suing for $15,000 in compensatory damages.