"Road Hazards," The Dallas Morning News
Read The Dallas Morning News' in-depth investigation on dangerous practices in the trucking industry.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
"The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is focused on reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses." This site provides online access to statistics, reports and updated information about trucking companies. The Large Truck Crash Facts 2005 (published in February 2007) report is available in full here. The agency also collects information about on-site safety compliance reviews, roadside inspections of commercial vehicles and drivers, and traffic enforcement stops of commercial motor vehicles operating in an unsafe manner.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The NHTSA is the agency responsible for providing public access to government information about accidents in the United States. Along with other reports, it publishes the annual traffic safety assessment (also known as Traffic Safety Facts), which compiles statistics about injuries and deaths, including those in large truck crashes, and provides access to the national FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) as well as customized data runs.
U.S. Department of Transportation
Established on October 15, 1966, the Department of Transportation serves the United States "by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future." Links are provided to other DOT agencies sites like the Federal Highway Administration. A complete list of State DOTs can also be found here.
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
This major advocacy group, comprised of consumer, health and safety organizations as well as members of the insurance industry, encourages new regulations and adoption of laws for safer highways on both the state and federal levels. Its website lists a number of safety-related organizations, including the Truck Safety Coalition, which is particularly dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes.
American Trucking Associations
One of the nation's largest lobbying groups for truck drivers, this site has information and research primarily from the perspective of large companies; some research products, including an almanac on trends and the state of the industry, are available for purchase.
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
OOIDA is a trade association and lobbying group that represents independent truck owner-operators and professional drivers. Its Land Line Magazine covers current legislation and trucking regulations.
Truck Driver Occupational Safety and Health Conference, Wayne State University
This site contains a collection of articles on trucker health studies -- including several on the safety impact of fatigue -- and other documents ranging from hours-of-service regulations to logbook examples.