Motorist Safety Compromised after Rollback of Truck Safety Regulations
Since being sworn into office, President Trump has drawn extensive media coverage for his questionable immigration policies, extramarital affairs, and colorful language. What few reporters have covered, however, are the many ways his administration is undermining public safety on America’s roadways. Although the Obama administration was no model of perfection, several proposed safety rules or regulations have been wiped away by President Trump. Because of these changes, we expect to see more motorists injured by large commercial vehicles in the coming years.
Rollback of Truck Safety Regulations
Many regulations in the works to improve trucking and railroad safety have been quietly rolled back by the Trump Administration. Among the safety rules Trump has blocked from taking effect include:
- A rule that requires states to perform yearly inspections of bus operators
- A rule that would require heavy trucks to have software that can limit their speed by electronic means
- A regulation that would have required cars and light trucks to have vehicle-to-vehicle communications to prevent collisions
- A regulation requiring truck drivers to be screened for sleep apnea
Each of these rules or regulations were proposed after devastating collisions that have claimed many lives. For example, fatigued drivers cause hundreds of accidents a year when they fall asleep, so screening for sleep apnea makes sense. Nevertheless, administration officials have argued that these proposed rules are unnecessary and that other regulations effectively address the dangers.
Putting Industry Profits Ahead of Public Safety
Unsurprisingly, many powerful organizations have been lobbying the President to roll back or block rule changes. Trucking officials have been regular visitors to the Trump White House, with a group of trucking executives even meeting with President Trump on the South Lawn.
In fact, many of the officials at agencies tasked with regulating the transportation industry have close ties to those industries. For example, Cathy Gautreaux, who serves as deputy administrator with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, served as an executive director for a trucking advocacy group in Louisiana for nearly three decades. Howard Elliott, who serves as the head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, has worked as an executive for CSX, a large railroad transportation company.
These cozy relationships undoubtedly undermine the agencies’ ability to effectively regulate in the public interest. Nevertheless, President Trump has pinned his hopes on a booming economy, not highway safety, and continues to work towards the reduction of government regulations.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Speak to a Brooklyn Attorney Today
With common-sense safety regulations on the backburner, motorists can expect an increase in the number of collisions involve large trucks on our nation’s roads. If you or a loved one has been injured, you need a Brooklyn truck accident lawyer by your side.
At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, our team has helped injured motorists obtain compensation for their injuries. Whether you need help paying for medical bills, replacing lost wages, or managing your pain and suffering, we can hold the trucking company responsible for the crash.
Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential consultation.