Transportation Safety Topics Newsletter - Loss-of-Control Crashes

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One of the most serious types of crashes for commercial vehicles is the loss-of-control crash. These are typically single-vehicle crashes, involving just the vehicle and the driver and can result in a run-off-the road crash, overturn, jackknife or striking an object or another vehicle. There are contributing factors to these crashes, but the major cause of the loss-of-control crash is the driver failing to recognize the hazardous condition and react to it in time.

Weather and road conditions, especially this time of year, are always an issue. Rain, snow, ice and wind affect both visibility and traction. Did you know that Section 392.14 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations prohibits the operation of a commercial motor vehicle when these conditions exist to the point that the vehicle cannot be operated safely? There must be a reason why.