Among fatal auto accidents in Louisiana in 2012, large trucks accounted for 10.7 percent of the vehicles involved in them. This is a little above the average rate of large truck involvement, which is 8.3 percent nationwide. Concerns about the dangers posed by big rigs and delivery trucks have been validated with data collected across the United States.
In a move that could mean safer roads for Louisiana drivers, the Department of Transportation has announced the end of an onerous paperwork requirement for the U.S. trucking industry. Effective Dec. 18, professional truck drivers will no longer have to file pre- and post-trip vehicular inspection reports when no violations are noted during inspection. According to the DOT, approximately 95 percent of all commercial truck inspections result in no safety or maintenance concerns.
Accidents involving big rigs are often deadlier than normal car accidents. The sheer size and power of semi-trucks gives them the potential to be deadly weapons and, because of this, truck drivers bear a solemn responsibility to the public to exercise the utmost care in their operation.