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Mar 26, 2013

WARNING TRUCKERS' SAFETY: "ATA: Administration exaggerated data on fatigue-caused crashes" * USA

* Texas - Dallas Attorney calls on trucking industry to make standard safety upgrades

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Dallas,TX,USA -PRWEB/Digital Journey -March 25, 2013: -- On March 25th, 2013, Dallas injury attorney, Michael Grossman, issued a 'call to arms' to the commercial trucking industry, urging the use of dash cameras and lane-departure warning devices in all trucks. Mr. Grossman's hope is that one day it will be mandatory that all trucks employ these devices... Actual video footage of accidents that occur with the front of the truck would be difficult to dispute on liability, which could have a significant impact on legal expenses like litigation and the increasing fees of transportation experts... The aim of a lane departure system, then, is to warn truckers when their rig begins to drift either across a road’s median or into another vehicle’s driving lane... The endgame for any of the mentioned systems is simple, to warn truckers of a potentially catastrophic pending event...


* DC - Trucking industry says fatigue rule based on bad data

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Washington,DC,USA -Bloomberg, by Tom Schoenberg -Mar 15, 2013: -- The largest U.S. trucking group asked federal appeals judges to throw out limits on driving time that would cost the industry $470 million a year, arguing the Obama administration exaggerated data on fatigue-caused crashes... American Trucking Associations Inc., during arguments today in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, accused the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of using research that favored the agency’s preferred outcome while setting driver- fatigue rules that it claims would add substantial costs without any safety benefits... Jonathan Levy, a lawyer for the Justice Department, pointed to the fact that the rules were being challenged as both too restrictive and too lenient as being proof that the agency’s work was largely scientific. The Transportation Department said the benefits of the rule are about $630 million... In creating the new rule, the agency said 13 percent of the truck-related crashes were caused by fatigue. The trucking association says that percentage takes into account “whenever truck driver fatigue is present at the time of a crash” and not whether driver fatigue caused the crash. Under current regulations, only about 2 percent of large truck crashes are caused by driver fatigue, the association argued...  The agency said the industry based its figure on a study that only considered accidents where there were fatalities...

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