August 15, 2013
Truck accidents are a serious risk on today’s highways, especially in North Carolina. In fact, the North Carolina department of Transportation found almost 9,000 North Carolina Truck Accidents were recorded in 2009 alone. These crashes resulted in 112 fatalities and another 2,567 people being seriously injured.
Many citizens feel a large number of these accidents could have been prevented by stricter policies regulating the operation of commercial vehicles. Three families have taken action though, asking State Senator Richard Burr to push for laws requiring tractor-trailer operators carry larger insurance policies. They have also asked for stricter regulations and standards for underride guards, as well as a freeze on size and weight restrictions currently in place for large trucks.
According to an article from FOX 8 News, the call to action from the families comes after each lost a loved one to a preventable truck accident. Burr stated he would address the issue by closely examining federal regulations regarding commercial vehicles and pinpointing where improvements can be made. Any changes Burr is able to make would be the first major reforms to trucking safety regulations in more than 20 years.
The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst applaud the efforts being made to improve highway safety and are hopeful new ways can be found to better protect truck drivers and other motorists from the serious risks accidents involving large trucks can pose.