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Where is the trucking industry focusing its safety initiatives?

It is clear that large trucks make their appearance on roadways in Arizona and other states rather frequently. Due to their important role in intrastate and interstate commerce, it is likely that the number of commercial trucks used on a daily basis will increase. Because these massive vehicles must share the road with other smaller vehicles, truck safety is a critical issue to continually address.

Where is the trucking industry focusing its safety initiatives? According to the executive vice president and chief of national advocacy of the American Trucking Associations or ATA, seven billion dollars a year is invested in safety technologies, programs and other safety strategies by motor carriers collectively. This is a large sum of money, causing some to wonder what it is going toward and what safety initiatives are the focus.

Based on recent statistics, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks decreased by five percent, and this decrease occurred despite the increase in miles traveled by large trucks by 1.5 percent. However, the number of truck accidents involving injuries increased by 21 percent from 2013 to 2014. There was also an increase in only crashes with large trucks, increasing by 31 percent.

However, the focus of the current safety initiatives were based on the fact that 83 percent of truck crashes are non-preventable and 71 percent of the time the driver of the other vehicle was primarily at fault for triggering a fatal truck-automobile collision. Based on these statistics, it was stated that video cameras would be a critical tool for the trucking industry because it could provide solid evidence regarding cause, fault and liability. If a negligent truck driver or trucking company caused an accident, video footage could help hold a negligent party accountable.

Other safety initiatives currently focused on by the trucking industry include speed limiters, forward collision prevention technology, addressing the shortage of qualified CDL holders, incentive programs, lack of truck parking and distractions by technology in commercial trucks. While addressing these safety concerns could help further reduce fatal truck crashes, motorists are unfortunately still injured due to negligence in the trucking industry.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck crash, it is important to understand that you might have recourses available to you. When a negligent party causes a truck crash, they could be held accountable through a personal injury claim, which could help an injured victim recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other related damages.

Source: Fleetowner.com, "The state of safety in trucking," Sean Kilcarr, May 25, 2016

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