Every year, the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, releases its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. This year, the list contains 10 different items with the majority relating to truckers and the transportation industry. If implemented, these safety improvements could make a major impact on Virginia roadways.
The recommendations in the 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements include a focus on reducing distracted driving and impaired driving. The recommendations also take on reducing speeding fatalities and implementation of more advanced collision avoidance systems.
In addition, the recommendations include a focus on the health of the truck driver. This is not only for their own benefit but also for the safety of those that they share the road with. The primary concern is a reduction in crashes that are related to driver fatigue. One suggestion for addressing fatigue is additional medical screening and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. It is the NTSB’s belief that sleep apnea is a major cause of fatigue, which has led to a large number of fatal car crashes each year.
These recommendations are just that: recommendations. The NTSB is not a regulatory body and cannot make laws. However, it is the role of the NTSB to make these recommendations to regulators and lobby for them to lawmakers.
The suggestions made by the NTSB could have a real impact on reducing vehicle accidents. However, the reality is that truck driver negligence will continue to lead to car wrecks every year. A driver injured in an accident caused by a truck driver may have a claim for damages including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help their client obtain the compensation for their injuries by filing a lawsuit or negotiating with the responsible driver.