Truck Safety Increasing
Contrary to opinion in some quarters, truck safety has been increasing dramatically over the past decade. From 2001-2011, there was a precipitous decline in trucks involved in fatal crashes. Additionally, truck accidents that resulted in injuries dropped thirty percent and crashes resulting in property damaged decreased by thirty-four percent. The two primary causes of fatalities involving trucks were speeding and distraction or inattention. Blood tests in passenger vehicle drivers involved in accidents detected alcohol in 27.3 percent of cases while only 2.5 percent of truckers tested positive. This information could prove beneficial as discussions arise about safety regulations promulgated by a federal agency or United States Congress.