The hazards of unsafe trucks Monday, October 19, 2009
Unsafe trucks pose persistent problem:
The more than 9 million trucks that travel U.S. roads each year make up only 4% of all vehicles, yet are involved in 12% of all motor vehicle fatalities. More than 200,000 trucks are operating unsafely on U.S. roads, and everything suggests that number may just be the tip of the iceberg. Federal regulators and trucking industry representatives have pronounced themselves satisfied with the current state of truck safety. This is despite the results of safety inspections that found at least one in five trucks are unsafe. Clearly, there is a need for the public to know the true state of truck safety.