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NHTSA Proposal Would Require 18 Wheelers to Install Stability Control Systems

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposal that states semi-trucks should be required to have a stability control system installed has entered the last step of the publication review process. The proposal, which has already been approved by the Office of Management and Budget, may lead to a federal mandate regarding use of the technology. Currently, about one quarter of all new semi-trucks have stability control technology installed. Nationwide, many carriers who transport goods using semis have already installed stability controls in their fleet. Additionally, the technology is widely used among carriers that utilize tank trucks.

According to the NHTSA, stability control technology should be installed in semi tractors in order to increase safety. Crashes that occur after 18 wheeler drivers lose control or roll their vehicles kill approximately 300 people each year. More than 2,700 injuries also result from such accidents. The agency stated adoption of the technology will likely prevent about 1,000 injuries and 66 deaths each year.

The Engineering Director at the American Trucking Association, Ted Scott, said the organization would likely support the NHTSA’s proposal. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, however, stated it will likely oppose the measure. According to a spokesperson, such a mandate would prove to be cost prohibitive for many semi drivers who act as owner operators.

Although the exact details of the NHTSA’s proposal are not currently available, it will most likely focus on semi tractors. The proposal in not expected to cover trailers or require trucks that are currently in use to be retrofitted. If required to install stability control technology in fleet trucks, the expected cost to U.S. trucking carriers is estimated at about $107 million annually. The NHTSA believes the technology would save more than three times that amount in property damage and other related accident costs.

Unfortunately, when a semi collides with a passenger vehicle, the resulting injures are rarely minor and are likely to be catastrophic or fatal. If you or a loved one was hurt or your family member was killed in a collision with an 18 wheeler, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss. Those hurt in an accident with a semi may receive remuneration for the cost of medical care, pain, suffering, lost wages, and other damages. In certain instances, you may also be eligible to receive punitive damages. If you were hurt in an accident with an 18 wheeler, contact a skilled Texas semi truck accident lawyer today to discuss your case.

At Carabin Shaw, or knowledgeable San Antonio semi truck accident attorneys are available to assist you after an unexpected injury accident. We are here to answer your questions and help you file your claim. At Carabin Shaw, our capable personal injury lawyers represent clients throughout the State of Texas including Austin, Beeville, Laredo, Seguin, El Paso, Beaumont, Rockport, McAllen, and San Antonio. To schedule a free confidential consultation, call Carabin Shaw toll free at (800) 862-1260. You may also contact our experienced attorneys through the law firm’s website.

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