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The feds plan to research the causes of large truck crashes

Earlier this month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that they have commissioned a study into the causes of large tractor-trailer crashes. A spokesperson for the organization announced that they expect their research to yield new data that will allow them to come up with new guidelines to enforce to make the roadways safer in the future.

The FMCSA last performed a similar study back in 2003. It was then that the federal agency reviewed the details surrounding 120,000 crashes involving tractor-trailers. FMCSA’s spokesperson noted that a lot has changed in the decade-and-a-half since the last study was conducted. That representative noted that driver behavior, roadway design, vehicle safety and technology have all changed significantly during that time. The spokesperson noted that they suspect that all this has affected how motorists operate their cars and trucks.

An FMCSA spokesperson noted that they’ll be paying particularly close attention safety equipment enhancements that trucks come equipped with nowadays to see how that’s helping curb crash rates. The spokesperson also pointed out that they’ll be delving a bit deeper into truckers’ use of safety restraints as well as distractions from in-cab navigation systems and texting.

The FMCSA spokesperson notes that they expect new policy recommendations to emerge after this research is said and done. One key result may be the emergence of a new automated driving technology program. This type of system may allow regulators to keep track of truckers’ problem behaviors and provide them with a way to keep them operating their trucks more safely in the future.

It doesn’t matter what type of crash we’re talking about, no matter whether it’s a ride-under, rear-end, T-bone or any other type of collision. All truck accidents are dangerous and often result in a motorist’s catastrophic injuries. Cars and tractor-trailers are no mix for one another. This is why these crashes also often prove fatal.

You shouldn’t take “I’m sorry” as an excuse for a Sarasota trucker’s indiscretion. Let an attorney advise you of your right to recover compensation for your injuries or your loved one’s wrongful death here in Florida.

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