Each year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issues its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements with the hopes of influencing national transportation policy. These recommendations cover a variety of transportation safety issues that affect drivers in Kentucky and nationwide. The recently released 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements includes 10 items, six of which relate to the trucking industry.
The truck accident related issues covered by the recommendations include a focus on eliminating distracted and drunken driving. They also cover suggestions to decrease the rate of high-speed accidents and increase the use of collision avoidance systems.
The list also includes suggested policy changes related to accidents caused by truck driver fatigue. These include additional medical screening for and treatment of sleep apnea.
It is worth noting that the NTSB has no regulation-making authority. It is their role to suggest to regulators policy changes that could lower accidents and increase safety on America's highways. These regulations include everything from passenger cars to commercial vehicles.
Despite the best efforts of the NTSB, motor vehicle accidents will remain a major issue for years to come. Negligent driving can't be entirely eliminated, and in the case of tractor trailer accidents the consequences can be severe. A person injured in a tractor trailer accident may have a claim for damages. These damages could include medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repair costs, and pain and suffering. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help an injured driver obtain compensation for their injuries. That attorney might negotiate with the responsible driver or their insurance company in an attempt to obtain a monetary settlement. In cases where settlement isn't possible, an attorney may file a lawsuit and seek damages through the court system.