Posted August 17, 2016 by Administrator
Roadway hazards of all types cause motor vehicle accidents involving long-haul trucks every year. In a study released by the American Automobile Association the dangers of roadway debris was highlighted.
The study reviewed data from 2011 through 2014 and found that, during that 3 year span, road debris was responsible for causing 200,000 crashes. Road debris also accounted for 39,000 injuries and over 500 deaths during that time period.
Roadway debris includes substances, materials and objects that don’t belong on the road. Debris can come from passing vehicles, the environment and from natural disasters and weather. Wind, storms, tornadoes and hurricanes all can cause dangerous debris to be swept into the paths of vehicles on the road. Accidents have been caused by dust, dirt, sand, mud, asphalt, concrete, stones, pebbles, rocks, ice, snow, water, grease, engine oil, glass, nails, screws, auto parts, food, furniture, mattresses, garbage, luggage, animal corpses, construction supplies, leaves, twigs, seeds and more. Basically, anything that is foreign to the normal roadway surface can be a culprit.
Most crashes from road debris – about 66% of crashes – happen because an item fell off of a truck or vehicle. In one-third of the fatal accidents that can be attributed to road debris the driver swerved to avoid an object in the highway.
Sadly, most of the crashes that resulted in injury or death were avoidable. A lot of crashes are easily preventable if drivers take the necessary precautions to maintain their vehicles properly as well as secure their loads.”
All 50 states impose penalties on drivers found at fault for debris on the road. Other types of roadway hazards that can cause crashes include:
- Black ice
- Loose gravel or stones
- Blind spots
- Lack of guardrails
- Animal carcases
- Winding roads
- Manhole covers that have been improperly placed
Posted November 10, 2015 by Administrator
Cargo theft is one of the risks that are consistently evolving in the trucking industry. As commercial fleets struggle to keep up with risk management, criminals manage to find new ways to steal cargo without being caught. One of the hardest to predict methods of cargo theft is the fictitious pick-up.
Criminals Act As if They Belong
One of the reasons way this method of cargo theft is so difficult to predict and prevent is because it often involves identity theft. Criminals find out about cargo that needs shipping on the Internet and pretend to be a legitimate trucking company when they agree to transport the items for the company.
These criminals can obtain information about your company on the Internet, including your Interstate Operating Authority number. Then they place your company logo on a truck, show up at the company, load the cargo and later resell it for a profit.
Identity Theft Damages Reputation
As anyone who has his or her identity stolen can tell you, it takes years to recover your good name once it has been misused. And for businesses, this kind of blow to your reputation can cause you to lose everything. So protect your identity and company information while doing business online.
Protect Company and Cargo
In order to protect your company and cargo remember these tips:
- Don’t put your DOT credentials online and don’t give them out on the phone
- Keep cargo moving, especially on Thursday and Friday when most of these thefts occur
- Reduce the number of hand offs of cargo by using teams for your trucks
- Food is biggest target because it is harder to trace when it is stolen
- GPS trackers are beneficial for cargo but RFID tagging benefits criminals too
By keeping your data secure, your trucks moving and a team to make sure your vehicles are always staffed you can reduce the chances your trucking company will be the victim of cybercrime. And to learn more about transportation safety, risk reduction, and best practices, contact us