Truck accident safety concerns against straight trucks

Commercial trucks come in many sizes, ranging from the big semis, rigs and tractor trailers to the smaller straight trucks and dump trucks. Regardless of their size, trucks can become roadway monsters that can cause fatal truck accidents and inflict massive damage on other vehicles, motorists and pedestrians.

In a recent letter, the NAFA Fleet Management Association, an organization that manages diverse vehicle fleets in the country, raised concerns about the recent safety conclusions of the National Transportation Safety Board. According to the NAFA, the NTSB failed to distinguish straight trucks managed by an organized body from unmanaged ones. NAFA argues that the NTSB study should provide a more detailed analysis, including the safety record of managed fleets, which NAFA believes are safer than those in the safety board's study.

According to the NTSB, light- and medium-duty trucks are involved in about nine percent of crashes. NAFA, however, argues that only three percent of these vehicles are registered as straight trucks, pointing out that the vehicles are misidentified. In its study, the NTSB classifies all 10,000-pound vehicles as single-unit trucks. The NAFA also challenges many of the board's safety recommendations and demands a better study on the matter.

Regardless of the perceived mistakes by NAFA, small to medium-duty trucks can, without doubt, cause significant damage, injury and death. Because negligence is a major contributing factor in many accidents involving straight trucks, the NTSB's recommendations attempt to ensure that drivers of these vehicles are always updated on new policies and safe driving techniques.

In Bergen County, New Jersey, or anywhere, negligent drivers of commercial trucks, big and small, are liable for any damages and physical harm to other motorists and pedestrians. Victims of truck crashes are encouraged to speak to personal injury professionals who can provide sound advice and make suggestions in seeking financial compensation from those responsible.

Source: TruckingInfo.com, "Fleet Group Questions NTSB Straight Truck Safety Recommendations," Evan Lockridge, Aug. 20, 2013

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