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05/09/09   |   By

Families Push for Truck Safety | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

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Posted by Paul Cornoni

Families of persons killed by trucking accidents are lobbying Congress to halt the trucking industry’s efforts to allow heavier, longer trucks on the roads.  This interesting story is being reported by MSNBC.  The families are coming together to form safety groups, including Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) and the Truck Safety Coalition.

As MSNBC reports: “The group is particularly opposed to proposed increases in truck weight limits from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds, a more than 20% increase. The industry argues that trucks have gotten safer, that bigger trucks means less of them on the road and that the number of truck-related deaths decreased from 2007 to 2009.”

The families have argued that even though deaths may have decreased from 2007 to 2009, nearly 5,000 people per year are dying as a result of truck accidents.  For more of this interesting story, please follow this link.

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