Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board convened a conference to bring together safety experts, federal regulators, and representatives from the trucking and bus line industries. The topic was how to prevent the horrific accidents that occur, usually resulting in terrible injuries and loss of life, when trucks and buses are involved in vehicle crashes.
There is some good news: the number of fatalities from trucking accidents is down. Still, there is a lot of work to be done to make the roads safer, according to the NTSB. One subject at the conference was why some safety recommendations have not been enacted.
As recently as 2005, there were 5,200 deaths related to crashes involving big rig trucks. By 2009, the number had dropped to 3,200. This is due in large part to improvements in safety, but Miami trucking accident attorneys are aware that some experts suspect that if the economy begins to improve and more cars get out on the road, these negative numbers may start to creep back up.
Buses have a better record, but still one that could be improved. Fatalities on tour buses average twenty each year, out of 700 million passenger trips. There were 338 people killed in tour bus crashes between 2000 and 2009. Even though the numbers are relatively low, the NTSB has correctly pointed out that each one of those numbers represents a person who will never return home to their loved ones.
The White House is pushing for steps to increase trucking safety, including equipping trucks and buses with devices that will record the number of hours a driver has been behind the wheel. The NTSB says that at least a third of commercial vehicle crashes are caused by driver fatigue.
Source: Associated Press "Panel to focus on deadly truck, bus accidents" 5/10/2011