Over the past few years, accidents caused by or involving semi trucks have stood out as a strikingly relevant issue. In fact, in 2012 alone, about 4,000 people were killed and 100,000 people were injured in a semi-truck related accident. This number came as a surprise to experts, who now are working to improve the safety of truck drivers and other drivers on the road.
So, what’s being done?
Trucking companies are making efforts to strengthen safety by improving oversight over operators, drivers, and vehicles. They are starting the process by making adjustments to the current safety compliance. By making these efforts, companies are ensuring that any issue with a truck or driver is dealt with an in appropriate and timely manner. Life-saving technology such as tire pressure monitoring systems and rolloverstability control systems are updating and improving fleet maintenance.
Additionally, companies are strengthening driver safety by constantly regulating and treating sleep apnea and other potentially imparing medical conditions.