The proposed Truck Safety Act aims to implement technology, raise insurance premiums, and improve working conditions for truck drivers that could reduce accidents by as much as 1,000 per year. Nearly 4,000 people are killed each year while 100,000 are injured in roadway accidents involving large commercial trucks.
Details about Truck Safety Act
The legislation was introduced in Congress and calls for changes to outdated safety and insurance regulations in the trucking industry. All of these efforts are being done to make American roadways safer for truck drivers and motorists.
Senate bill 1739 or the “Trucking Safety Act” was originally introduced in July. If passed, it will require all trucks weighing above 26,000 pounds to be equipped with a crash avoidance system and be limited to a top speed of 70 mph. In an attempt to ensure that victims of trucking accidents receive fair compensation, the proposed Act would force trucking companies to double the amount of minimum insurance coverage they carry from $750,000 to $1.5 million.
A vital part of reducing the amount of serious and fatal accidents involving trucks and other motorists on the road is the implementation of current technology available at our use. The Truck Safety Act would make it mandatory for trucks to have on-board safety devices that include collision avoidance systems and speed limiting devices. Collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and speed limiting devices have been shown that they significantly reduce the number of rear end collisions and serious injuries according to studies by the National Transportation Safety Board.
An important part to the changes in the Truck Safety Act is bringing improvement to working conditions for those in the commercial trucking industry. On average, truck drivers are currently being paid for miles driven as opposed to hours worked. The obvious issue with this is that it promotes drivers to stay focused on going the distance rather than recognizing signs of driver fatigue that can often lead to driver error and serious accidents. An easy solution to this would be paying drivers for hours worked, allowing them to be more alert and efficient.
The Act also proposes conducting a study on excessive commuting that leads to increased fatigue and stress for truck drivers. It is very common for truckers to travel long distances to report for work before starting their route, adding more hours to their already long schedule. Limiting the amount of commuting distance could have a strong impact on the reduction in the number of truck accidents on the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to an accident or negligence it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
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