Trucking Deaths Hit 4,000 in 2010; Ferro Urges Stronger Trucking Legislation

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Truck attorney Michael Leizerman supports FMCSA position on trucking safety, calls for technological advances to help trucking industry self-police.

Michael Leizerman, Truck Accident Attorney

Michael Leizerman, Truck Accident Attorney

More important is adopting technology that helps ensure compliance, like electronic logbooks and technology that can save lives, such as the collision avoidance systems that are now available in many automobiles.

With the revised Hours of Service ruling tied up in hearings, there's grimly compelling news on trucking fatalities. An estimated 4,000 trucking-related deaths scarred our roads in 2010, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro, who revealed these initial findings in testimony on Wednesday, Nov. 5. That represents more than an 18% jump from the 3,380 trucking fatalities in 2009.

In 2009, in addition to the 3,380 truck crash deaths, 74,000 others were injured. Ferro delivered these facts in testimony on the pending truck driver hours of service (HOS) reforms before a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee.

Michael Leizerman, national truck accident attorney and author of the legal treatise, Litigating Truck Accident Cases, believes these numbers argue for a return to the 10-hour rule, which states commercial drivers can only be on roads for 10 hours at a time (versus the 11-hour rule currently in effect). "More important is adopting technology that helps ensure compliance, like electronic logbooks and technology that can save lives, such as the collision avoidance systems that are now available in many automobiles."

Leizerman stands with safety groups such as the Truck Safety Coalition, victims' families, and labor groups, which have all been urging the Obama Administration and Department of Transportation to issue a safer truck driver HOS rule.

Trucking forces have been clinging to the current 11-hour rule, which lets truckers drive 77 hours and work up to 84 hours a week. Industry reps had cited falling trucking fatalities in the last few years, but safety advocates have denied a causal link between the current HOS rule and any recent declines in deaths.

ABOUT MICHAEL LEIZERMAN
Michael Leizerman is a national truck accident attorney and author of the legal treatise, Litigating Truck Accident Cases. He is available to speak with the press on trucking legislation, enforcement, and lawsuits. He may be reached at (800) 628-4500 and michael(at)leizerman.com.

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