When a story about a tragedy makes national news, there may be a public outcry urging lawmakers or other leaders to put measures in place to prevent a reoccurrence. In Corpus Christi, there are deadly truck accidents that perhaps could be avoided if the right safety precautions had been taken. A recent news report demonstrates, however, that despite a surge in such incidents, there is yet to be much change in policy and practices.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that across the country, more than 100,000 people are injured and nearly 4,000 people lose their lives every year due to truck accidents. On average, a fatal accident occurs 11 times a day. The problem may persist in part because the nation’s economy relies on trucks to transport goods. American Trucking Associations estimates that tonnage will increase by 23.5 percent between 2013 and 2015, which will in turn put an increased demand on the number of drivers.