A triple fatality on the I-40 has highlighted the importance of truck driver safety, and the strict compliance codes introduced with CSA 2010.
The collision happened on the Interstate 40 in Durham between a tractor-trailer truck and three other vehicles. A witness described the accident as a ‘vision of hell’ with bits of metal, fuel and other debris littered for hundreds of yards.
Despite rescue services being on the scene within minutes little could be done for the three victims.
Truck driver charged
Investigation into the accident uncovered that the truck driver was under the influence at the time. Ronald Eugene Graybeal, 50, is in the Durham County jail after being charged with driving while impaired and three counts of felony death by vehicle.
Graybeal was driving a truck owned by an East Tennessee company, Hawley Transport, that has been cited for dozens of violations related to fatigued drivers and unsafe driving, according to federal inspection records.
In 11 fatigue cases, inspectors pulled Hawley drivers out of service and did not allow them to continue driving. Those violations include driving more than 11 hours without rest and providing false or incomplete records to show how many hours the driver had been at the wheel.
Prior to this accident, Hawley trucks had been involved in two crashes in early 2010 in Kentucky and Tennessee, including one that involved an injury.
Unsafe truck drivers are killing innocent people
This unfortunate incident has highlighted the critical need for both truck drivers and trucking companies to be on top of safety. Don’t wait for people to die before implementing safety measures.
While truck driving can be a dangerous job (and some truck driving jobs more dangerous than the rest) there are some key things that both drivers and trucking companies can do to maximize both their own safety, and that of the general public.
Truck GPS systems save lives
As DOT and FMCSA continue to tighten up regulations around driving conditions and driver safety records, fleet owners can stay a step ahead with a GPS fleet tracking solution such as Telogis Fleet. Telogis Fleet, along with Telogis Mobile, contributes to driver safety in several ways.
HOS – Telogis Mobile automatically tracks individual driver hours and provides a logged safety record that cannot be falsified. It provides an accurate and reliable way to make sure your drivers are complying with the maximum number of driving hours.
Pre and Post Trip Inspections – Telogis Mobile provides a way to have your drivers complete safety inspections and submit these electronically using their electronic navigation device.
Safe Driving – Telogis Fleet can monitor dangerous driving including harsh braking or acceleration as well as speeding. These are often symptoms of a driver more likely to be involved in an accident.
Workload Balancing – Overworked drivers are a hazard to themselves and other road users. Telogis Route offers advanced scheduling of drivers to make sure no one is overworked and routes fairly distributed among staff.
Improving the reputation of truckers
Unfortunately it’s accidents such as this, caused by a drugged-out driver, that give good truckers a bad name. You can do your part in promoting truck drivers and trucking industry as safety conscious by employing good driver systems to make sure one bad apple doesn’t spoil it for the rest of us.