Triple Fatality Shows Need For Fleet Tracking

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.



  • Kevin b Kelly

    It is a tragedy that America is faced with deaths by the hands of unsafe drivers.  However, it should be noted that their are more deaths involving automobiles with people dying than in the trucking industry. Our job is to get to the customer safe and unharmed.  The most important stop  is the customer and then our own home. Without the customer we lose our jobs. In this critical and fragile economy it is not unliely that the trucking industry experience a major lay off. Not only should we protect out dac but our company’s as well. 

  • Kevin b Kelly

    As trucking companies train and hire more people to fill in the gaps, my concern is that they maybe hiring people who still can ‘t do the job safely evern with training.  Trucking companies are pushing out trainees on the thousands and pocketing alot of cash. Old timers are coming off the road while training new drivers. This is fine , great!  My concern is the general overall appearance of 90% of the trainees that end up in trucking schools.  They simply look like rescue mission/ salvation army folk who are trying to get back on their feet.  The trucking industry is not the place for them, not when life and death are at stake.  Homeless, drug dealers and people who have made a mess of lheir lives because of bad decisons and activities should find a less stressful and dangerous job until they have some mental stability under their wings to make better decisons.   There are good drivers that have just a streak of bad luck, have education, and can make good decisons.  Thus the reason possibly for all the truck accidents and deaths:  plain inattentive drivers, tired and fatiqued, or just plain unqualified to drive a commerical vehicle.