As businesses like Amazon.com and other mail order companies take off, even more large trucks will dominate our highways. As a recent article [click here] illustrates, the implications are far reaching for public safety. From the article:
Aside from the fact that driver fatigue is a leading cause of accidents, the physics of larger rigs on deteriorating U.S. highways and bridges portend disaster all around – while decreased insurance requirements will make it more difficult for injury victims to get fair compensation. Jennifer Tierney, who works with a North Carolina tracking safety advocacy organization, pointed out that even at current sizes, double-trailer rigs are already responsible for significantly more accidents than smaller ones. She accuses FedEx and others of playing “Russian roulette” with people’s lives. Tierney lost her father in a trucking accident.