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Addressing the rise in deaths caused by large trucks

Georgia residents who are concerned about safety when sharing the road with large trucks should be aware that there is no requirement for tractor-trailer and other large trucks to have crash-avoidance technology. This is true despite the fact that there are thousands of crashes involving large vehicles that occur every year and frequent calls for the technology to be a requirement.

According to federal data, over 4,300 people lost their lives in 2016 in accidents in which semis and other types of large trucks were involved. The number of deaths for that year was 28 percent more than what was reported for 2009.

Calls from the National Transportation Safety Board to the National Highway Traffic Safety, urging the organization to take steps to address the issue of preventing large trucks from crashing in the rear of other vehicles have been largely disregarded. The NTSB has recommended at least 10 different times since the late 1990s that the NHTSA make it mandatory for all heavy trucks to be equipped with forward crash avoidance and mitigation technology. However, only a small fraction of the semitrucks that are currently on the road have the technology.

It has been 20 years since the NTSB first expressed concerns regarding accidents involving large trucks, and the NHTSA has not issued a regulation regarding the use of the rear-end collision avoidance technology. In 2016, the NTSB criticized the NHSTA's lack of action by stating that a significant number of crashes that occurred could have been mitigated or avoided if the systems have been used.

A personal injury attorney may pursue financial damages on behalf of clients who have been injured in truck accidents. Trucks drivers may be sued for driving negligently, and the truck manufacturers may be held financially liable for not equipping the vehicles with the technology that may prevent rear-end collisions.

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