There are plenty of large commercial trucks in and around Kansas City. However, you should never have to worry about getting injured due to a negligent truck driver or due to vehicle failure. If you need a Kansas City truck accident attorney, you can count on Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. to be by your side. Our qualified and experienced team will get to the bottom of what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. Today, we want to discuss new legislation that could require new safety measures for trucks.
What Changes Could Be On The Way?
There are many large commercial eighteen-wheelers in and around Kansas City. These vehicles provide valuable services to our economy. However, they are not always safe. Local news reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has failed to mandate changes that could prevent many truck crash injuries and deaths. One of those changes is requiring big trucks to have automatic braking systems and forward collision warning systems.
Experts say that these two safety measures might have averted thousands of rear-end truck crashes over the last few decades.
Now, legislators in Washington are getting fed up. Recent legislation introduced by Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia would mandate that new commercial trucks be required to “have systems that alert drivers when they are approaching a vehicle, and then automatically slow down the truck if the driver fails to brake.”
Pamela Biddle, a woman who lost her 23-year-old son an ex-husband in 2017, stood with legislators in support of these measures.
“What doo is implementing all of these safety features in cars – like emergency braking, airbags, seat belts, crumble zones – when a truck, like the one that killed my son, can barrel down the road, not apply brakes, collide with a car and render all those things I just listed completely and totally useless,” Biddle said at a news conference.
One large trucking company, Schneider National, installed collision migration systems in 2012. They say that there has been a 68% decrease in rear-end collisions.
Truck accidents are almost always devastating. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries in truck accident victims:
- Traumatic brain injuries/head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
Each of these injuries can lead to tremendous expenses and lifelong medical complications.
Let Us Get To Work On Your Behalf Today
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company, please seek legal assistance today. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., you can count on our team to thoroughly investigate your case so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- All of your medical expenses
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages