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Supreme Court Ruling Lowers El Paso Truck Accident Risk

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a federal program mandating electronic logging on trucker hours, a move that will likely lower truck accident risk in Texas and throughout the country. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) appealed an earlier decision ruling the Department of Transportation, as well as the Federal Safety Administration, had...

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Will Allowing More Twin-33 Tractor-Trailers Reduce Truck Accidents in El Paso?

Last year, the appropriations bill for 2016 included provisions which would have changed the rules for tractor-trailers on U.S. roads. Currently, under federal law, twin 28-foot tractor-trailers are permitted, but larger twin trailers are not generally allowed. The appropriations bill would have changed the rules to allow for twin 33-foot trailers.  There are many arguments...

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Opioid Use Among Truck Drivers Causing Rising Accident Risks in El Paso

According to Trucks.com, several major common carriers are requesting that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) modify rules related to drug testing of drivers. Currently, commercial drivers will generally take a urine test in order to determine if they have drugs in their system. The carriers asking FMCSA for a change believe a hair test...

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More El Paso Truck Accidents Could Result from Regulation Rollback

Over a four year period of time when car accident death rates declined by three percent, the rate of fatalities in truck-involved accidents rose 17 percent.  According to New York Times, many of the people killed in these truck-involved accidents were not in the truck, but were motorists in other vehicles or were people walking and...

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Avoiding Drowsy Driving Truck Accidents with Electronic Logging Devices

Drowsy driving can result in many similar effects to driving while drunk, including delayed reaction times and impaired judgement. In some cases, truck drivers fall asleep and lose complete control of their vehicles. When it is a truck driver behind the wheel of a big rig that could weigh 80,000 pounds or more, the idea that a trucker...

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