The Dead Don't Speak; The Living Plead the Fifth
By James Girards. We pointed out in a recent blog that there is a lot more to the Tracy Morgan truck crash than was being discussed. The New York Times apparently agrees, writing yesterday that the crash has brought the epidemic of trucker fatigue to the the front of public awareness. There are about 30,000 fatal collisions on our highways each year according to government reports, with about 4,200 fatalities attributable to 18-wheelers. The problem of trucker fatigue is grossly under-reported according to former chair of the NTSB, Deborah A. P. Hersman, because the drivers cannot or will not admit it when a crash occurs. "The dead don't speak and the living often plead the fifth," according to Hersman. The problem of trucker fatigue causing highway carnage is not going away. In fact it is getting worse, according to the NHTSA. That's where you and I come in. Contact your legislators and encourage them to enhance driver safety by tightening trucking safety rules and trucking company accountability.
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