It is obvious that the trucking industry plays an important role in America’s economy, but are profits being valued over safety? At least one former trucking industry executive thinks so.
In a recent opinion piece for The New York Times, the former executive at American Trucking Associations said that until Congress “stops coddling” the trucking industry, fatal accidents involving large trucks will continue to surge.
The former trucking exec gave four big examples of how Congress, in recent months, has valued the wishes of the trucking industry over public safety, including:
- Suspending a rule that requires drivers to take a 34-hour rest break over two nights before starting their next work week;
- Opposing a federal regulator’s efforts to invest in wireless technology that would help monitor truckers and their vehicles;
- Supporting the trucking industry’s wish to allow longer and heavier trucks on the roads even though the public opposed; and
- Seeking to lower the minimum age for drivers of large commercial trucks traveling between states from 21 to 18.
The opinion piece went on to discuss how prevalent fatal accidents involving big rigs have become on our roads, rising steadily for the past four years. It encouraged Congress to make sure that safety regulators have the resources, support and authority necessary to reduce these tragic accidents in the future.
Public Safety Must Be Valued Over Profits
It remains to be seen whether Congress will take the action necessary to improve safety within the trucking industry. Unfortunately, until that happens, accidents will remain prevalent on busy highways such as Interstate 20, U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 80.
After representing victims and their families for close to 20 years, our firm has seen the devastation caused by these accidents first-hand. We hope that by aggressively advocating for our clients, we can help send the message to the trucking industry that human lives are more important than profits.