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American Trucking Association supports NTBS “Most Wanted List” of truck safety improvements

Written by Steve Gursten Posted April 1st, 2013

Last week, we wrote about National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recently released “Most Wanted List” of transportation safety improvements.

The NTSB is a federal agency that’s responsible for investigating all significant traffic accidents, including bus and truck accidents. The NTSB then conducts studies on transportation safety.

The NTSB’s Most Wanted Safety list included several improvements aimed at making the highways safer, such as eliminating distracted driving, better infrastructure, stopping impaired driving and bus safety.

Our attorneys support the NTSB’s Most Wanted List.  It identifies some critical issues on the highway that cause truck accidents. In fact, these recommendations were so good that even the American Trucking Associations (ATA) expressed support for the measures.

It’s been a while since the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable has agreed with the American Trucking Association.

Recently, the ATA has been at odds with federal agencies (such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) regarding truck safety regulations. For the moment though, the ATA and the NTSB are finding themselves on the same side regarding unsafe truck drivers and highway safety.

The President and CEO of the ATA, Bill Graves, specifically cited the Board’s identification of the dangers of impaired and distracted driving, the need to repair and improve the nation’s infrastructure and the benefits of active safety technologies as issues important to the trucking industry.

Graves stated that the “ATA has long been an advocate of reducing impaired and distracted driving on our highways.”

He then went a step further and suggested methods that the trucking industry itself could employ to do its part in eliminating impaired driving:  “Two areas where we can do better in fighting impaired driving are through the use of hair testing of regulated drivers to detect illegal drug use and in the creation of a clearinghouse to better track drivers’ drug and alcohol test results.”

It’s encouraging to see the ATA and the Federal agency on the same page regarding safety.  The Most Wanted List is a great tool to improve safety moving forward, and to keep dangerous truck drivers off of the road.  Hopefully, this new found cohesion between the ATA and the NTSB will produce safety results, and we see a drop in the number of truck accidents on our highways.

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About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.
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