Families of truck crash victims with the
Last year alone, more than 5,000 people were killed in truck crashes in the
Many automakers offer ADAS on new vehicles, but they are often only available at additional costs, which many families cannot afford. Mandating these technological "vaccines" will make their crash prevention benefits available to all. As with other auto safety features, mandating a federal safety standard typically accelerates widespread adoption of technologies, reduces the cost, and sets minimum performance requirements.
The full text of the
Dawn King( Michigan)
Tami Friedrich Trakh( California)
TRUCK SAFETY COALITION LETTER TO SENATORS DURBIN & DUCKWORTH AND
We are writing to commend your determined leadership and dedication to improving safety on our roads with the recent introduction of the Protecting Roadside First Responders (S.1386, H.R.2868). When this lifesaving bill is enacted into law and the safety reforms are implemented, we will finally realize significant and sustained reductions in highway crashes, deaths, injuries, and costs. As survivors of large truck crashes, as well as family members whose loved ones were needlessly killed or injured in a large truck crash, we share your goal of advancing laws and government regulations to achieve safer vehicles, safer drivers, and safer roads for everyone.
The annual death and injury toll of truck crashes in
This is a critical time in our country for highway and auto safety. Cost-effective and commonsense solutions are available now, but unfortunately, they are not being required. Your legislation changes that. Equipping trucks with crash avoidance technologies like automatic emergency braking (AEB) and forward collision warning (FCW) systems could eliminate more than two out of five crashes in which a large truck rear-ends another vehicle, according to IIHS research.
An essential feature of your legislation is requiring these safety technologies as standard equipment on all new vehicles – all trucks, buses, and cars. For years, and more recently in April, the
Your commitment to advancing comprehensive solutions to stop the unnecessary and unacceptable carnage on our roads is greatly appreciated. Our families are committed to working with you to enact this vital legislation to prevent others from suffering pain and loss because of a preventable truck crash.
Daphne and Steve's son, Jeff, and three of his friends were killed in 1993 when a semi driver fell asleep at the wheel and ran over the car as it was parked on the shoulder.
Russ's son, Jasen, was killed instantly, as was a fellow Marine, while they drove in the dark to work in 1993, by a 17-year-old truck driver &without a permit whose truck was stuck across two lanes after trying a U-turn, causing the car to drive into and under the side of the trailer.
Jane's 23-year-old son, David, and his bride,
Tami's sister, Kris, brother-in-law, Alan, and two of their children, Brandie and Anthony, were killed in 1989 when a tanker truck overturned in front of them and exploded.
Brenda and Chuck are parents of Detective
Eileen was driving home from the beach in slow traffic in 2013 with her sons, Brandon and Bryan, when she was struck from behind by an inattentive box truck driver who failed to slow down. The truck continued on to hit four other vehicles before coming to a stop. Eileen and Brandon were taken to the hospital with injuries. Bryan did not survive. Bryan was 7 years old.
Ed's wife, Susan, was killed, and his sons, Peter and Matthew, were severely injured in 2010 when they were rear-ended by a truck driver who fell asleep. Lifetime costs for Matthew's care alone are estimated to be
Elissa's 13-year-old daughter, Margay, was riding home from school in a school bus in 2008 that was struck from behind by a semi and burst into flames.
In 2017, Pamela's 23-year-old son,
Nancy was severely injured in 1989 when her vehicle slid under the back of a semi stopped in traffic without emergency flashers illuminated. She has had over 40 surgeries to reconstruct her face and mouth and expects there will be more.
Laura and Richard's daughter, Emily, was killed while riding her bicycle to work in 2017 when a sanitation truck turned in front of her.
Catherine's husband, Jim, was killed while riding his bike in 2019, when the tire flew off of an overweight, unmaintained dump truck and hit him.
Purushottam & Mina K P Panthee (
In 2020, Purushottam and Mira's 10-year-old son, Shree, was killed, and Mira has serious, life-threatening injuries, from a collision in a school cross walk with a
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