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Posted on February 7th, 2011,
by Zane Cagle

Appeals Court Clears Release of Truck Safety Data

Posted on February 7th, 2011 by Zane Cagle

When considering driving on Missouri highways, one can become leary of driving among semi-trucks. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has rejected objections from the National Association of Small Trucking Companies to a federal plan to publicly publish truck safety performance data online and make it publicly available. The release of this data is part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new truck safety initiative. The program’s object is to identify dangerous truck drivers, companies with records of negligence and tractor-trailers that have unsafe records.

Daily, one can pick up a paper or find an article online involving a semi-truck accident in the United States. Due to their size, semi-trucks have the advantage when in a collision with a car, pickup truck or motorcycle. In 2006, there were more than 385,000 tractor-trailer accidents in the U.S. While tractor-trailers account for only 4% of all vehicles involved in a traffic injury, they are linked to 8% of all fatal accidents or at least 4,732 deaths. According to Federal safety regulators those numbers are declining but still disproportionate to the number of trucks on the road.

Small trucking companies object to the publication as they claim federal regulators failed to follow proper procedures and never put a proper notice in the Federal Register thus denying the companies a chance to comment. The carriers object to the plan as they state that the data to be released is not an accurate reflection of their safety performance and the data will cause them to be at a competitive disadvantage.

When cars or pickups collide with semi-trucks, the injuries are general very serious if not fatal. A car may weigh 4,000 but a semi-truck can weight in excess of 70,000 pounds. The velocity of a semi-truck hitting a moving car can be tremendous. Serious injuries such as multiple bone fractures, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injuries can all be a result not to mention the damage to soft tissue. Medical problems can become a life-long problem after an individual is involved in such a violent crash. Because of these continued medical problems including financial strain when a person or loved one can no longer work, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney so they can look after your financial well-being. Consulting Zane T. Cagle at The Cagle Law Firm ensures a thorough and expert investigation will occur and that your rights will be represented. Ensuring your financial security is a number one priority when looking at a life changing injury. Call (314) 276-1681 for your free consultation today to determine if you have a personal injury or wrongful death claim