About 1 in 10 highway deaths occurs in a crash involving a large truck.
December 8, 2016
Many truck crashes connected to defects
Serious truck defects triple the risk of a crash. Long hours behind the wheel are another major factor.
February 26, 2016
Electronic logs are mandated at last
A historic mandate for electronic logs is bringing trucker work-rule compliance into the 21st century. The change comes more than 29 years after IIHS first petitioned for it.
NHTSA weighs autobrake for large trucks
Large trucks could get a major safety upgrade if the U.S. mandates front crash prevention systems on big rigs.
Underride guard proposal falls short
A proposed upgrade to rear underride guard rules for tractor-trailers is a step in the right direction, but the changes should go further.
November 10, 2015
More truck types may get underride guards
The federal government has outlined a possible plan to require rear underride guards on single-unit trucks
July 30, 2015
Truck tractors, large buses to get ESC
Large trucks and buses soon will be equipped with the same technology that has slashed rollover crashes in passenger vehicles, thanks to a new federal requirement.
October 9, 2014
How 1 company fixed its underride guard
An IIHS research program aims to spur better rear underride guards to reduce deaths and injuries in large truck crashes. Manufacturers are taking notice and improving designs.
NHTSA to weigh new underride guard rule
Government regulators have announced plans to consider tougher standards for rear underride guards.
April 8, 2014
Truck recorder rule is back on track
Regulators have rewritten a proposed requirement for electronic logbooks on commercial vehicles in response to a court decision that had temporarily halted the rulemaking process.
March 14, 2013
Truck underride guards leave car occupants at risk
Modern semitrailers for the most part do a good job of keeping passenger vehicles from sliding underneath when they crash into the backs of trucks. But the trailers fail to prevent potentially deadly underride in crashes involving only a small portion of the truck's rear, new IIHS tests show.
Front and side underride
Passenger vehicles often collide with the fronts and sides of large trucks, but trailers are only required to have guards on the rear.
August 14, 2012
Trucks, buses could get standard ESC
Electronic stability control, already standard on all passenger vehicles since the 2012 model year, could be required for new large truck tractors and certain large buses under a proposal being considered by federal regulators.
January 24, 2012
No change to 11-hour limit for truckers
Federal regulators are allowing truck drivers to continue spending as many as 11 hours a day on the road, despite scientific evidence supporting a 10-hour limit.
October 13, 2011
Recorder rule struck down
A proposal to mandate onboard recorders for all interstate carriers may be delayed after a similar requirement for carriers with major hours-of-service violations was struck down.
April 26, 2011
Hours-of-service proposal still has flaws
Truckers could continue to work long hours without adequate rest under a proposed revision to hours-of-service rules, though drivers on a seven-day schedule would get more rest.
Proposal calls for truck onboard recorders
Federal regulators have propsed requiring interstate carriers to install electronic recorders on large trucks and buses to track driving time, something IIHS has long supported.
March 1, 2011
Underride guards on big rigs often fail in crashes
New crash tests and analysis by IIHS demonstrate that underride guards on tractor-trailers can fail in relatively low-speed crashes — with deadly consequences. The Institute is petitioning the federal government to require stronger underride guards that will remain in place during a crash and to mandate guards for more large trucks and trailers.
Regulators slow to act on upgrade
IIHS has been studying the underride problem for decades, but federal standards have been slow to change.
August 21, 2010
Truck speed limiters would save lives
The idea of requiring speed limiters on large trucks is getting new life because of its potential to conserve fuel.
June 19, 2010
Still no all-truck recorder rule
Electronic onboard recorders could reduce the problem of fatigued drivers, but a new federal rule requires the devices only for those with repeated rule violations.
May 20, 2010
Technology could prevent truck crashes
Four crash avoidance features could prevent or mitigate 1 of 4 large truck crashes, including 1 of 5 fatal ones.
September 17, 2009
New rule for tractor-trailer brakes
Required stopping distances for tractor-trailers will decrease by 30 percent under a revised federal rule.
February 14, 2009
FMSCA denies hours-of-service petitions
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration once again is refusing to put safer limits on the hours truck drivers are allowed to work.
Safety consequences of driving longer
Since the 2003 work-hour rule, declines in fatal crashes with trucks haven't kept pace with declines in fatal crashes with other passenger vehicles.
Agency rejects electronic recorders
FMSCA has rebuffed petitions to require electronic recorders instead of handwritten logbooks that can be easily falsified.
October 13, 2007
FMCSA sent back to the drawing board
A federal court rejects regulators' latest rule on work hours for truck drivers.
June 15, 2007
All trucks need electronic recorders
Electronic recorders can help reduce drowsy driving by truck drivers, but federal safety officials want to require them only for habitual work-rule violators.
Speed limiters on trucks make sense
A proposal to require speed limiters for large trucks would keep speeds to a maximum of 68 mph. Institute surveys indicate that truck speeds have been rising on rural interstates.
October 7, 2006
Truck driver fatigue worsens
Truck drivers report driving more and falling asleep at the wheel more often under the latest work-hour rules.
September 7, 2006
Trucking hours are back in court
Rules about how many hours truck drivers should be allowed to work, how much rest should be required between shifts and how to enforce the limits are back before federal judges.
July 16, 2005
Truck driver fatigue persists
In an IIHS survey of truck drivers before and after a new federal rule went into effect, drivers in two states reported being on the road more hours per day and per week.
March 10, 2005
New work rule for truckers isn't improving safety
A new IIHS survey indicates that drivers of interstate trucks spend more time behind the wheel under a federal work rule that went into effect in 2004. A quarter of drivers who were surveyed said they drive more than the new daily limit of 11 hours. Eight of 10 drivers said they're taking advantage of a restart provision that allows them to drive 25 percent more in a week.
January 31, 2005
ATA backs off anti-recorder stance
The major group representing U.S. trucking companies has signaled it is ready to accept electronic on-board recorders, but federal regulators are moving slowly.
August 1, 2004
Court says FMCSA must revisit truck rule
A federal appeals court has struck down a long-delayed work-hour rule for truck drivers. The rule falls short when it comes to safety.
February 7, 2004
Truckers lag behind in belt use
About half of commercial truck drivers fail to buckle up. The government is planning an education campaign, but no stepped-up enforcement.
August 26, 2003
In other highway safety news …
A D.C. court upholds automated enforcement; communities plan more roundabouts; a federal agency refuses to allow teenage truckers.
June 16, 2003
New work-hour rules disappoint
Final work-hour rules for truckers come up short, leaving long-haul drivers with too little rest and continuing the use of easily falsified paper logs.
June 8, 2002
Shorter work week for E.U. truckers
European truck drivers already have stricter limits on driving time than U.S. drivers. Now they're getting a shorter work week too.
November 15, 2001
Truck safety is mixed bag
Truck safety has improved, but not in all respects. Fewer people are killed per truck mile, but total truck mileage has increased, resulting in more deaths than before.
Teens shouldn’t drive trucks
The Institute has asked FMCSA to reject a petition for a pilot program that would allow people under 21 to drive trucks across state lines.
July 28, 2001
Reflective tape reduces truck crashes
Red and white reflective tape significantly reduces crashes involving the sides and rears of tractor-trailers, NHTSA researchers have found.
October 21, 2000
Regulators mull hours-of-service changes
An FMSCA proposal would mandate more off-duty time for truckers and require electronic recorders. On the down side, it would increase the hours truckers can drive without a break.
January 15, 2000
Canada's truck proposal is unsafe
A proposed Canadian rule would increase truck drivers' hours on the road, despite evidence that doing so would hurt safety.
July 17, 1999
On toll roads, rates of multiple-vehicle crashes for trucks exceed rates for passenger vehicles
June 19, 1999
European truck regulations are much tougher than U.S. rules
Conspicuity rules for new truck trailers are extended to existing ones
Safety of longer combination vehicles is subject of new federal report
December 5, 1998
Office of Motor Carriers transfer to NHTSA is blocked when industry lobbies Congressional leaders
September 12, 1998
Satellite data could track hours, but FHWA backs away
March 7, 1998
Truck drivers say they drive while drowsy
December 27, 1997
Truck reflective material study finds tape U.S. requires may not be best
August 30, 1997
Most truckers die in single-vehicle crashes, usually rollovers
July 26, 1997
Flawed fatigue study doesn’t justify longer road hours for truck drivers
February 15, 1997
Large truck-car underride crashes undercounted in FARS
January 11, 1997
Big trucks get airbags
March 2, 1996
New underride standard finally on the books at NHTSA
43 years since last underride rule
August 12, 1995
Put onboard recorders in trucks, Institute and others tell FHWA again
Truck conspicuity rule would cover tractors under NHTSA plan
June 3, 1995
Change new antilock rule, trucking group tells NHTSA
May 6, 1995
Regulatory reform threatens antilock standard, other safely rules
Antilocks are finally required for big trucks and buses
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