Despite the statistics, legislation is being proposed that would reduce safety for trucking companies.
Over the past several decades, government and industry organizations have recognized the potential for injury and death at freight and passenger train railroad crossings. As a result, new safety standards have been implemented.
Not long ago, SUV rollover lawsuits were filling the dockets at an alarming rate. While auto-safety improvements are still necessary, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that the automakers quickly shored up safety defects in SUV and light-truck models.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its 2013 data on traffic deaths, revealing an improvement from the prior year. Nationally, 32,719 people died in crashes in 2013, a 3.1 decrease from 2012 (33,782 fatalities).