${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}
Free Consultations
866-967-7235717-496-0070

We Advance All Costs - No Fee Unless We Win!

In this section
Review Us
Experienced trial lawyers With The Resources To Handle Your Case

Are the trucking improvements as great as the ATA suggests?

The trucking industry has an interest in truck safety. After all, if a company's trucks are involved in numerous crashes, it is likely that their insurance company will place them in a high-risk premium bracket and their negligence will cost them beyond any costs directly associated with a truck accident.

But there are differences of opinion between the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) over how to improve trucking safety and reduce the number of deaths caused by truck accidents.

The industry claims that truck accidents have declined in the last decade, and they have, but that needs to be placed in the context of the Great Recession and its effect on commerce. The total miles traveled by trucks during that economic slowdown meant there were fewer truck on the road to become involved in crashes and fatal accidents.

Only by examining the rate of crashes per vehicle mile traveled can one determine if trucks were actually involved in few accidents in a way that would suggest that truck safety has improved.

Arguments over the hours of service regulations likewise need to be apples-to-apples comparisons. Claiming there are more truck accidents because of the regulations requirement that drivers be allowed to sleep overnight can only be seen if the rate of crashes overnight is lower than the daytime rate.

Surprisingly, the ATA supports an increase in the gas tax, but this is less charitable than it appears. Certainly, their members would have to pay the tax, but they also know that the millions of non-commercial drivers would also be helping subsidize the roads that are absolutely essential to their business, and which by nature of their much larger vehicles, cause a disproportionate share of the damage.

Trucks, like all motor vehicles have become safer in recent years, but we must distinguish between actual statistical fact and advertising puffery.

Fleetowner.com, "Trucking touts safety investments, wants FMCSA to see data 'without political lens'," Kevin Jones, January 30, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

what our clients say about us

  1. $5.5 Million

    Settlement for spinal injury caused by delivery company's negligent vehicle maintenance

  2. $5 Million

    Settlement for traumatic brain injury

  3. $1.2 Million

    Settlement (Liability insurance limits) for death claim arising out of tractor trailer collision

  4. $1 Million

    Settlement for closed head injury/facial fractures due to negligent construction site practices

  5. $1 Million

    Arbitration award in death claim arising out of motor vehicle collision

  6. $1 Million

    Total workers' compensation settlement for injured worker who suffered orthopedic injuries and additional GI injuries due to prescription medications.

  7. $1 Million

    Policy limits recovered for head injury sustained by the user of unsafe rental equipment.

  8. $890,000

    Settlement for head injury of injured worker caused by negligent operation of equipment by a non-employer contractor on the job site.

  9. $875,000

    Settlement for ankle injury due to negligent dump truck operation

  10. $675,000

    Settlement for bilateral wrist injuries caused by the negligent operation of a tractor-trailer.

  11. $600,000

    Settlement for statutory cap of $500,000 for wrongful death of a worker who was killed when struck by a government-owned vehicle as well as policy limit for underinsured motorist coverage.

  12. $$450,000

    Workers' compensation settlement for a nurse who sustained a low back injury requiring multiple surgeries.

  13. $375,000

    Settlement for knee injury sustained in a motor vehicle collision with contested liability.

view more
email us for a response

Call Us 24/7 To Discuss Your Case

866-967-7235 | 717-496-0070

Absolutely no fee

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy