But given the FMCSA’s 2015 truck accident statistics, it’s likely that everyone will agree that lowering the rate of truck accidents is a priority.
Per the FMCSA, “In 2015, 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, an 8-percent increase from 2014. The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by 8 percent from 3,749 to 4,050, and the large truck involvement rate (large trucks involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled by large trucks) increased by 8 percent, from 1.34 to 1.45.
Part of the reason for the increase in fatal truck wrecks was that there were more vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in 2015 by large trucks and buses, and the longer these vehicles operate on the road, the higher the likelihood of a wreck.
What’s more concerning is that “speeding of any kind was the most frequent driver-related factor for drivers of both vehicle types,” with driver distraction the second most common contributing factor in 2015 truck accidents.
The FMCSA addressed the issue of speeding truck drivers in 2016 by proposing a speed limiter law that would require carriers to install devices that would restrict the speed of their trucks to 60 miles per hour, 65 mph or 68 mph. That rule is still in the analysis stage and is not expected to be approved in 2017.
In addition, the FMCSA has increased funding to its Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, which focuses on enforcement of trucking laws.
The agency hopes that money from this program will help state police training programs with better ways to enforce truck safety through actions such as writing more speeding tickets and ensuring that truck drivers are wearing seatbelts.