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NTSB Outlines Accident Prevention Goals

shutterstock_181443284-e1453972845246.jpgMore trucks and cars are sharing America's roads than ever before. This is creating new problems and increasing the likelihood of truck related accidents and injuries. To reduce the potential for danger, technology, training, and new regulations are being utilized to protect truckers and the occupants of passenger vehicles.

"This past week Christopher Hart, the Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board identified the agency's top priorities for the year. Among these are recommendations that would help reduce fatigue related trucking accidents, as well as promotion of collision avoidance technologies that can help prevent accidents," commented Tennessee truck accident lawyer Tony Seaton.

The NTSB has no regulatory authority, however, they can make recommendations that can influence legislators and regulators. In 2013, there were 338,000 accidents involving large trucks; 73,000 resulted in injuries. Further, these accidents caused nearly 4,000 fatalities. It is estimated that fatigue was a causative factor in nearly 15% of these accidents. Other leading causes of truck related accidents include neglected maintenance, inadequate training, and faulty equipment.

Additional recommendations being made by the NTSB involve expanded use of recording devices to monitor trucking activity, and requiring that collision avoidance technology be installed on large vehicles including semi-trucks and buses. The NTSB is also recommending a renewed focus on monitoring substance abuse and the physical fitness of truck drivers.

"Chairman Hart's recommendations are based on NTSB statistics which show these issues to be the leading causes of truck related accidents and injuries. Legislators are aware of these, and this past fall they began to take action. While the legislative process moves slowly forward, it's clear that legislators, the NTSB, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are going in the same direction. Together, they intend to make 2016 the year that they make America's roads safer," remarked Tennessee truck accident lawyer Tony Seaton.

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