Fatal Semi-Truck Crashes on the Rise; Federal Government Not Responding


September 17, 2018

UNITED STATES – September 12, 2018 (theledger.com) In a story online at theledger.com (sharing an article from the Kansas City Star) a reporter discusses an increase in the rate of fatal semi-truck accidents in the United States, as well as a failure to respond to these accidents on the part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

More than 4,300 people in the U.S. were killed in collisions involving tractor-trailers or large trucks in 2016. That’s a 29 percent increase from 2009 and is equivalent to a 737 airliner crashing twice a month. About 300 people are killed every year and 15,000 are injured in rear-end collisions with semi-trucks. Collision-avoidance systems can prevent more than 70 percent of rear-end semi-truck collisions, according to trucking companies that use these systems on their fleets. The wrecks that still do occur with collision-avoidance systems cause less damage and less severe injuries. 

At least 10 different times since 1990, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that NHTSA mandate forward crash avoidance and mitigation systems on all heavy trucks. Despite the consistent urging, NHTSA has yet to publish any kind of proposed regulation or even attempt put one into effect. 

“They are absolutely a culpable villain in this picture,” Steve Owings, co-founder of the advocacy group Road Safe America, said of the NHTSA. “We need to hold them accountable.”

The NTSB has limited authority; It can only investigate incidents and make recommendations, and the rest is up to Congress or federal regulatory agencies like the NHTSA. As of late, the safety board has been quite vocal in its criticism of the NHTSA’s failure to act. In 2016, the NTSB said many recent semi-truck crashes “could have been mitigated, or possibly even prevented, had rear-collision-avoidance technologies been in place.” 

“Our government has failed to fund safe roads and encourages 80,000-pound trucks on the same highways as families and children in 3,000-pound vehicles,” said Jim Hall, former chairman of the NTSB. “I am even more disappointed today than I was in 1999 over the lack of leadership and safety culture at NHTSA.” 

Put Our Law Firm's Over 34 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-four years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour live chat. 

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law

17 Executive Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Telephone: 1 (800) LAW-NEED
Telephone: 1 (404) 529-6333

Category: Truck Accidents

Please Note:
Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.