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October 2019 Archives

Amputations and other catastrophic injuries can happen in seconds

Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, whether they involve cars, trucks, motorcycles or theme park rides. However, catastrophic injuries often occur in the railroad industry. When accidents cause injuries such as amputations, lives are changed -- for both the victims and their families. Railroad workers in California might not realize how many of their duties put them at risk of amputation injuries.

Lawmakers consider proposal to limit truck speeds to 65mph

Sens. Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Chris Coons of Delaware introduced a new bill that could increase the safety of the nation’s roadways. The bill requires new tractor-trailer trucks have speed limiters installed and activated. Although the law would not require trucking companies retrofit their current fleet to meet this requirement it would require those with speed limiters to begin using the devices.

Factors behind truck accidents

When people drive on California highways, they may sometimes feel uncomfortable driving next to large trucks. Some people may worry about what will happen if there is a collision. Large truck collisions happen for many reasons, and to stay safe on the road, it is important to know the factors at play in these crashes. 

Unions to fight back against freight redefining Conductors

The fight to protect the jobs of conductors and promote the safety of both railroad workers and the public just got ugly. Today the National Railway Labor Conference - the lobbying and negotiating group which represents the nation's carriers - filed suit to allow the railroads to "arbitrate" to eliminate traditional conductor's jobs. This is part of the process which has been on the horizon for some time and the reason why the Organizations have been pushing so hard for minimum two person crews. It will be important to rally behind the unions in their effort to block the summary elimination of safety sensitive jobs.

Trucking industry resists simple fix to underride truck accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that almost half of all fatalities involving tractor trailers are "underride" accidents. Unfortunately, there are no definitive studies that pinpoint the exact number of these accidents. Underride is the term used to describe when a smaller vehicle passes under the side or rear of the trailer portion of a truck. In many cases, the side of the trailer crashes through the windshield or even shears off the roof of the car.

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