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Can ‘Trooper in a Truck’ safety initiative prevent truck accidents?

Written by Steve Gursten Posted March 3rd, 2017

If Nebraska partnership between State Patrol and Truckers Association works, maybe it can be rolled out nationally to stop increases in fatal truck accidents

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Can Nebraska’s “Trooper in a Truck” safety initiative prevent truck accidents?

Could having traffic cops in truckers’ cabs prevent truck accidents?

It’s an idea worth exploring.

In fact, that’s exactly what they’re doing in Nebraska.

In its February 27, 2017, story, “State Police Will Ride With Truckers in Order to Catch Dangerous Drivers,” LiveTrucking reported:

A “statewide project” called “‘Trooper in a Truck,’” which “is a partnership between the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Trucking Association,” will “place trooper inside the cabs of semi-trucks, in order to get a better view of the road and catch dangerous drivers.”

Although the stated focus of “public-private safety initiative” is “motorists who display dangerous driving habits such as texting, following too closely, speeding, and aggressive driving …,” the troopers in trucks will also have a birds-eye-view to observe the safe – or unsafe – driving habits of the truckers they’re accompanying and the truckers elsewhere on the road.

Regardless of who the “dangerous” drivers turn out to be, I’m hopeful that this innovative form of stepped-up law enforcement will be effective in stopping and reversing troubling national trends in fatalities and injuries resulting from truck accidents:

  • Injuries resulting from accidents involving “large trucks” increased 11.1% from 2014 to 2015, according to NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts – Research Note, “2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview” (Page 4).
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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.