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NTSB issues recommendations to reduce accidents

In an effort to reduce motor vehicle accidents and fatalities, the National Transportation Safety Board has released a list of suggested improvements. The list, which is termed "Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements," offered suggestions of what could reduce incidents for all modes of transportation. Six of the 10 items on the list are related to the trucking industry.

Topping the list is a recommendation to decrease distracted driving. The NTSB report says that adding distraction codes to all traffic incident reports and passing laws to ban all mobile devices would help reduce car accidents that occur due to distracted driving. One option that the NTSB recommends is a feature that disables mobile phones when a vehicle is in motion. Another concern was the use of alcohol, cannabis and other drugs while driving. The NTSB report encourages giving the board access to all drug and alcohol reports in order to formulate a plan to reduce accidents that are caused while driving under the influence.

Commercial truck drivers and truck driving companies received the most recommendations on the NTSB list. The board recommends installing speed limiters on all newly manufactured commercial trucks. Additionally, the report recommends the installation of automatic braking systems and forward collision avoidance systems on all commercial vehicles in order to warn drivers of upcoming traffic and stop the truck if the driver fails to do so in time.

In 2017, there were over 127,000 motor vehicle accidents in Arizona and over 900 fatalities as a result of the accidents. Car and truck accidents can cause injuries that require extensive medical care, loss of wages or even loss of life. If the motor vehicle accident was a result of negligence by the responsible party, a family may be able to receive compensation for medical care or loss of life. In this case, a lawyer may be able to show that a commercial truck was not equipped with the recommended speed limiters or that excessive speed caused the accident in order to prove that the driver acted negligently.

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