Making commercial trucking safer is a top priority this year for the federal government agency that investigates the country’s civil transportation accidents.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently published its Most Wanted List of 2015, an annual collection of its safety concerns. The list included “Strengthen Commercial Trucking Safety,” citing that, in 2012, 4,000 people were killed in trucking accidents.
Focus on Unsafe Trucking Companies
The NTSB wants more attention paid to negligent trucking companies, which don’t properly maintain their fleet or ensure that their drivers are well trained and operating responsibly. The agency calls for better oversight that will more quickly correct truck safety abuses and stronger enforcement to prevent unscrupulous operators that were shut down due to safety violations from starting up again under another name.
The big rigs themselves require more attention, according to the NTSB. It recommends a more widespread use of truck maintenance inspections and incorporating modern safety technology onboard trucks, such as collision warning and tire pressure monitoring systems.
The federal agency also expressed worry over the fitness of operators of commercial trucks and other vehicles.
Many Drivers Still Use Cell Phones in Vehicle
Distracted driving is another member of the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of 2015. The agency calls for drivers to unplug from their mobile devices while behind the wheel. It referred to a 2013 study that said two-thirds of drivers acknowledged talking on a cell phone in the last 30 days, while one out of three admitted they had texted or read email while on the road as well.
Inattentive big rig drivers and trucking companies looking the other way on safety matters are responsible for numerous crashes that kill other drivers. If you lost a family member in a trucking accident, you may want to contact an attorney experienced in handling fatal trucking casesabout representing your legal rights.
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