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NHTSA still hasn't taken action to prevent truck crashes

Connecticut motorists may be concerned to learn that more than 4,100 people were killed in large truck accidents on U.S. roads in 2017, which represents a 28 percent increase over 2009. Of those deaths, 68 percent were the occupants of passenger vehicles, 14 percent were motorcyclists, bicyclists or pedestrians and 17 percent were truck occupants.

According to truck safety advocates, many large truck crashes are rear-end collisions that could be prevented if certain federal regulations were enacted. Instead, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is accused of ignoring repeated recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board to enact such regulations.At least 10 times over the last three decades, the NTSB has asked the NHTSA to mandate forward crash avoidance and mitigation systems on all large trucks, but the agency has failed to take any action.

In comparison, the auto industry has promised to make automatic emergency braking systems and forward collision technology standard on all new vehicles by 2022. Safety organizations like the Truck Safety Coalition and Road Safe America say there is no reason that the truck industry shouldn't be improving the safety of its vehicles as well. As a result, they are calling on Congress to bypass the NHTSA and pass laws requiring that all large trucks use rear-end collision avoidance systems.

Because of the massive size and weight of the vehicles involved, truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries to occupants of other vehicles. If it can be determined that the collision was due to the negligence of the truck driver or the trucking company, an attorney could assist a victim in seeking compensation for the losses that have been incurred.

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