Big trucks need improved underride guards, trucking industry executives, government officials and safety activists agree, but opinions…
by Christopher Jensen
June 3, 2015
Citing a desire to make large trucks and buses safer, federal regulators said on Wednesday that they would require new vehicles to have electronic stability controls to help drivers maintain control during a skid.
“Electronic stability control is a remarkable safety success story, a technology innovation that is already saving lives in passenger cars and light trucks,” the secretary of transportation, Anthony Foxx, said in a statement.
(Bloomberg) — The number of people killed in large-truck crashes increased for the fourth straight year, bucking a trend of overall improvement in U.S. highway safety.
Fatalities rose to 3,964 people last year, which includes truckers, pedestrians and the occupants of vehicles that collided with the big rigs, the U.S. Transportation Department said today in its annual traffic-injury report. That’s up 0.5 percent from 2012, even though highway deaths involving all types of vehicles fell 3.1 percent to 32,719.