Will The Truck Safety Act Save Lives?
The Truck Safety Act was unveiled on July 10th by Senator Cory Booker, according to a report from Transport Topics. The act is not only designed to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by trucking accidents, but to improve working conditions for truck drivers as well.
The act calls for a variety of safety measures, including the installation of speed limiting devices on all semitrucks. The act also requests a new rule for the installation of crash avoidance systems in semitrucks. These two features alone could dramatically reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers.
Currently, the minimum insurance amount for tractor-trailers is $750,000. The Truck Safety Act calls for that amount to be doubled. The importance of this cannot be understated. Truck accidents often result in serious injuries, and it is quite possible for the victim’s medical expenses and other costs to exceed the current limit. The increase would help to make certain that truck crash victims can get the money they need.
At this point, the act has only just been introduced. None of the measures required by the Truck Safety Act are guaranteed. In fact, the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the country’s largest trucking industry trade organization, is pushing back. While the ATA has stated that it agrees with the implementation of speed limiting devices, it does not agree with the act’s other features.
At Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C., we stand on the side of the people, not the trucking companies. We support all efforts to keep highways safe in Austin and nationwide.