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NTSB CALLS FOR INCREASED SAFETY IN COMMERCIAL TRUCKING INDUSTRY


Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 15, 2015 in Truck Accidents

The NTSB recently released its "Most Wanted" list for 2015. Topping the list: increased safety in the commercial trucking industry.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases an annual list highlighting its advocacy priorities referred to as the NTSB's "Most Wanted." One priority highlighted in the list released for 2015 is improving the safety of the commercial trucking industry. The agency notes that meeting this goal will require addressing issues involving the vehicles as well as the companies responsible for their operation, the drivers and the agencies that regulate this industry.

More specific examples of changes called for by the NTSB include:

  • Trucks. A vehicle can only operate safely if it is in good working order. As a result, the list calls for proper fleet maintenance and vehicle inspections to decrease the risk of a faulty vehicle on the nation's roadways. The NTSB is also calling for increased use of "proven life-saving technology." This includes mandating the use of a variety of technologies, such as collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and tire pressure monitors.
  • Companies. The NTSB recognizes the diversity of the trucking industry can make addressing this issue difficult. These companies can range from a single truck owner to an operation responsible for thousands of vehicles. Regardless, the agency expects these companies to move beyond regulatory compliance and into a proactive approach to identify and remedy any operational hazards before an issue arises.
  • Regulators. Although the NTSB acknowledges that agencies such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are in the process of better ensuring drivers are well rested, the NTSB further calls these agencies to screen drivers for medical conditions and substance abuse problems that could negatively affect their ability to safely operate these vehicles.

The NTSB is hopeful that implementation of these recommendations would reduce the risk of trucking accidents. The agency reports that 4,000 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012, translating to a four percent increase over the rate reported in 2011.

Although trucking accidents are a national issue, it is also important to note the local impact of these tragic accidents. The NTSA reports that 336 vehicles were involved in fatal truck accidents in Connecticut in 2012.

Remedies available for victims of trucking accidents

Those who are injured in a trucking accident may be eligible to receive compensation to help cover the costs associated with the accident together with pain and suffering and permanent injury. Economic losses can include hospital bills, rehabilitation and lost wages. Contact an experienced Connecticut truck accident attorney to discuss your case and better ensure a favorable outcome.