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Self-driving trucks: A new day for technology and personal injury

New Jersey highways are some of the most congested on the East Coast, laden with trucks and trailers pulling all forms of cargo to and from ports, farms, warehouses and retailers. Drivers may soon have to contend with a new type of truck, one that is autonomous.

Truck drivers face increased risk of load securement penalties

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be repeating its annual inspection blitz during three days in June in 2017. For 72 hours, CVSA members across North America will conduct as many safety inspections on as many commercial vehicles as they can.

Company successfully tests autonomous truck on 140-mile trip

Technology companies hope to someday automate commercial vehicles that travel the highways in New Jersey and nationwide. One California company is developing a remote control system that will allow operators to navigate trucks to their delivery destinations. The system transmits data collected with cameras and radar on a truck to an operations center where a person can drive the vehicle.

Truck driver training rule delayed by Trump order

New Jersey residents who are just receiving their commercial driver's licenses will not have to comply with a new entry-level driver training rule. A memorandum that was issued by President Trump on Jan. 20 delayed the implementation of new rules that were written by the Obama administration. The Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators was scheduled to go into effect on Feb. 6, but it has been pushed back to March 21.

NHTSA proposes systems that would prevent cell phone use

New Jersey roadways might become safer if some new proposed recommendations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are implemented. The proposals are not mandatory, but they could help to reduce the risk of accidents caused by drivers who are distracted by their cell phones.

OSHA investigation reveals chronic unsafe conditions

New Jersey residents who believe that their bosses follow safety regulations may be interested to hear about a case reported by the U.S. Department of Labor in December. The incident involved Central Transport LLC, a shipping company that was investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for flagrantly violating accepted safety standards and placing workers at serious risk.

Autonomous trucks could prevent thousands of accidents each year

Semi-tractor trailers are a common sight on New Jersey highways, and reducing the number of accidents involving commercial vehicles is a major priority for lawmakers, the logistics industry and road safety advocates alike. Autonomous vehicle technology offers the possibility of an accident-free future, and the American Transportation Research Institute released a report on Nov. 15 detailing what needs to be done to clear the way for self-driving trucks.

New Jersey truck drivers still face marijuana testing

On Nov. 8, voters in California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine opted to make recreational marijuana legal. They joined residents of Colorado and Washington who had voted in favor of making recreational marijuana legal in 2012. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation says that truck drivers cannot use the substance and drive. This will be true as long as the drug is a Schedule I substance under federal law.

NHTSA mulls new underride guard rules for trucks

One of the most severe risks posed by commercial trucks to passenger cars on New Jersey highways is the underride accident. This describes what happens when the smaller vehicle collides with the rear or side of the truck and goes partially underneath it, shearing off the car's roof and seriously or fatally injuring the car's occupants.

New rule proposed to test truck drivers for sleep apnea

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is in the process of considering to move forward with a proposed rule designed to initiate a study of sleep apnea among commercial semi-truck drivers. Truck driver fatigue is a major problem on U.S. roadways, including in New Jersey.