Despite the statistics, legislation is being proposed that would reduce safety for trucking companies.
A recent article in the December 2016 Car & Driver magazine reported that in 2014 there were 411,000 tractor-trailer and semi-truck crashes. These crashes resulted in the deaths of 3903 people. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported that driver fatigue was involved in almost all fatal truck crashes where drivers had exceeded federal hour limits and/or failed to log their time behind the wheel.
Despite this rise in fatalities, our legislators are considering the following measures:
- Raise the maximum gross weight of tractor-trailer permitted by law
- Increase the maximum length of trucks from 28 feet to 33 feet
- Prevent the public from viewing trucking companies' safety records
- Prevent courts from admitting into evidence the safety records of the trucking company causing a crash
The overwhelming number of truck crashes and shocking death toll should prompt our legislators to enact tougher safety standards. The only motivation behind the newly proposed legislation is money; money for trucking companies because they can haul more with each load and money for legislators received from trucking company lobbyists.
Rittgers & Rittgers will continue to fight this legislation and will always pursue a trucking company's safety record as well as the record and log books for the at-fault truck driver. We have successfully handled numerous semi-truck crashes in Ohio and surrounding states, including crashes that caused traumatic brain injuries and death. We feel strongly that an experienced attorney who zealously pursues a trucking company will maximize the recovery for the family who has lost a loved one as a result of truck driver error.