Updated November 28, 2018

NTSB Safety Recommendations for the Trucking Industry

Safety in the trucking sector is an important area for federal agencies such as the National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB). In 2015, the agency created several safety recommendations due to the number of deadly crashes and accidents involving truck drivers.

Fatal Truck Accidents on the Rise

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatal truck accidents are on the rise in the United States. From 2011 to 2012:

  • Number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by 5% (3,633 to 3,802)
  • Number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 22% (63,000 to 77,000)

The trucking sector is an important component of the economy in the United States, but its cost to human society keeps increasing.

NTSB Safety Recommendations

The purpose of the NTSB is to investigate accidents involving any means of transportation in the United States, including airplanes, trains, and vehicles. The agency does not have the power to require the application of its policies. The fact that its power is limited certainly explains why many of its recommendations have barely been followed—or haven’t been followed at all—by industry regulators.

Recently, the NTSB has suggested the following:

  • Trucking firms should ensure that their workers fully comply with current regulations
  • Trucking firms should develop mechanisms to anticipate new hazards and come up with ways to mitigate them
  • Regulators should elaborate a system allowing them to monitor the amount of rest drivers get before they go back on the road

For 2015, the agency seeks to push its recommendations even further and plans on proposing that cell phones stop being used while drivers are on the road. If passed, this measure, which is already enforced on noncommercial drivers in fifteen states, will extend to the remaining states. Additionally, the NTSB would like to see more stringent laws against impaired driving in the trucking sector.

It seems clear that if all these recommendations were to be adopted, the number of truck accidents would decrease.

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If you or someone you love has been involved in a commercial truck accident, contact the Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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