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Trucking Safety Advocates Seek Improved Crashworthiness Standards

May 26, 2014 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
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The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) are coming forward to express their concerns about heavy truck cab crashworthiness standards. In order to do something about the issue, the two groups came together and sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which outlined their concerns regarding the agency's lack of crashworthiness standards for heavy truck cabs. These standards are needed to improve safety and reduce the number of trucking accidents. NHTSA has continuously developed crashworthiness standards for automobiles and light trucks, but to date has generally not applied crashworthiness standards to commercial trucks, the letter said. We believe there may be opportunities to enhance the survivability of professional truck drivers if appropriate, research-based, uniform standards are developed. The organizations added that these standards are needed because of the risks tr

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Unsecured loads a danger on Utah’s roads

May 25, 2014 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
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In the early June 2013, a Salt Lake City motorcycle squad police officer suffered broken bones and road rash after he was involved in an accident because of debris in the road. Other officers who were travelling with him and witnessed the accident described the officer as lucky to have escaped with as little damage as he sustained, given the speeds they were driving and the size of the object he struck. The officer's accident demonstrates the threat that vehicles traveling with improperly secured loads pose to other Utah drivers. Utah auto accidents resulting from debris According to the Utah Highway Patrol, about 25,000 auto accidents occur annually due to litter or debris on the road. About 700 motor vehicle accidents stemming from debris in the roads happen each year in Utah alone. Utah Highway Patrol statistics also show that five of those auto accidents have resulted in fatalities in the past five years. Utah Department of Transportation officials report that improper

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