Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that trucking accidents are on the increase. From 2009 to 2012, fatal crashes increased over 18 percent. CNBC.com suggests that the reviving economy has put more goods on the road and increased pressures on companies to make deliveries on time.
Numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- 4000 fatalities from truck crashes in 2012
- 100,000 injuries from truck crashes in 2012
According to its interviews with victims and lawyers, industry and regulators, CNBC lists the following causes for fatal truck crashes:
- Overly tired drivers
- Companies not screening for problem drivers
- Government regulators too slow to require use of new safety technologies
- Passenger vehicles not driving safely around heavy trucks that have slow reaction times
Although identifying the specific causes of truck accidents and their remedies is an area where the trucking industry and those who would reform it disagree.