Articles Posted in Fort Worth Truck-Related News

The Texas Department of Public Safety has started cracking down on commercial trucks that are unfit to be on the road.

Police are looking for the causes of some of our 18 wheeler collisions: faulty brakes, defective equipment, overloaded or improperly loaded cargo, inadequately inflated tires, burnt out lights, missing warning devices, and other mechanical or equipment problems. DPS officers across the Lone Star State have already pulled over roughly 9,000 trucks as a part of Operation Road Check. One in five were cited for mechanical problems.

truck-1192523-m.jpgPolice are focusing on semi-trucks because they can be extremely dangerous when they have a problem. These commercial vehicles can weigh more than 80,000 pounds and take more than a football field to come to a stop.

Collisions caused by 18 wheelers are far too common. We are being hired more and more often to help the victims of the rampant number of 18 wheeler crashes — three times just in July so far — and have two truck inspections on tap in the next two weeks.

While investigating an news story about semi-truck accidents, the reporter on I-35 witnessed a serious truck accident.
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Fort Worth Water Department vehicles will have cameras installed inside that may help its drivers have fewer collisions. Other departments may follow if the program is a success.

According to a report by a local news source, a grant will pay to install monitors inside of 63 cars, SUVs, and dump trucks.

dashcam.pngThere will be two cameras in each vehicle, one focused on the road ahead of the vehicle and another focused on the driver of the vehicle. The idea is to increase driver accountability. The cameras will always run but will only record 12-second intervals when a triggering event occurs. One triggering event is a quick deceleration, so if a truck is in an accident, the camera will record the 12 seconds before and after the accident.

A city spokesperson commented that “It’s a good thing for Fort Worth because it provides safer driving habits by city employees. And it provides safer roadways for our citizens … It gets folks to make sure they’re wearing their seat belts, to make sure they’re not looking at the hamburger they’re eating or the cell phone they’re holding instead of the road.”
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