With studies showing that the number of deaths caused by large truck accidents on the rise, it is natural that people want to point blame. Unfortunately, this issue is complex and involves multiple parties and factors that all contribute to the increased danger on the roadways. It is likely ultimately this combination of multiple parties and factors that explains why truck accident deaths are on the rise.
Four Potentially Responsible Parties for Large Truck Accidents
- Manufacturers of brakes that ultimately turn out to be unsafe. Manufacturers, however, argue that faulty brakes cannot be blamed because human beings cause crashes, not equipment.
- Government officials who impose new safety rules that require drivers to get a mandatory restart to their work week by having two consecutive nights of rest between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Trucking industry insiders argue that the effects of these rules is putting more truck drivers on the road during the busiest times of day, specifically morning rush hours. When there is more congestion on the road, there is a higher likelihood of a crash. Safety advocates, however, argue that the new regulations do not tell drivers when they can drive, they simply state that once a driver has finished all of the hours that he or she is allowed to drive in a week, he or she should be taking two nights sleep.
- Other drivers, not including the drivers of the large trucks. Some trucking industry insiders argue that data shows that 70 percent of crashes are initiated by someone other than the truck driver. Safety advocates, however, argue that this statistic is inaccurate.
- Drafters of truck safety regulations that create loopholes, allowing some drivers to evade federal safety rules by re-registering with the Department of Transportation under a new name.
Regardless of which party is at fault, it is clear that it is going to require a collaborative effort in order to decrease the number of accidents that occur each year.
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