Truck Safety Advocates Urge Congress to Approve Advanced TechnologyAugust 22, 2019
Commercial truck accidents cause massive property damage and severe, often fatal injuries to the occupants of the passenger vehicle involved in the crash. According to the Truck Safety Coalition, over 4,000 people lost their lives in commercial truck accidents last year. Family members who have lost loved ones in tragic truck accidents have come together to urge Congress to approve additional safety requirements for tractor trailers. From underride protection to automatic emergency brakes, these improvements will help keep motorists safe by preventing future accidents.
The average tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, so it should come as no surprise that these massive vehicles can cause catastrophic damage and devastating injuries. However, according to the Truck Safety Coalition executive director, property damage, serious injuries, and fatalities should not be accepted risks of doing business. Automatic braking technology can improve safety, said a spokesperson from the American Trucking Association. Safety advocates believe that this technology should be installed in all large trucks.
Families of Victims Demand Safety Improvements
One of the mothers advocating for improved safety in the trucking industry lost her son when a distracted truck driver crashed into their car. The boy’s father was also killed in the accident. Another family who traveled to the nation’s capital to fight for safer roads lost their son after he crashed into a tractor-trailer that made an illegal turn in front of him. The parents believe that if the truck had been equipped with an underride protection bar, their son might have survived the accident.
In addition to underride guards, the surviving family members want Congress to make automatic emergency braking mandatory in all new trucks. They also want to see an increase in the amount of insurance that trucking companies are required to have. While previous bills like this have not been successful due to concerns over cost and extra weight to the trucks, lawmakers are encouraged by the amount of support the bill has this time around. These safety improvements could help prevent many of the fatal truck accidents that occur on busy roads and highways across the country. This is particularly important for the occupants of passenger vehicles.
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