Mon August 31, 2009
Report Exposes Truck Safety Violations
By Angela Hatton
Louisville, KY – With the Labor Day weekend fast approaching, a new report shows Kentuckians should take caution when traveling, particularly around commercial trucks. The analysis by the American Association of Justice puts Kentucky 11th worst in the nations in the number of trucking companies with safety violations. Ray DeLorenzi [DEE-lor-IN-zee] is spokesperson for the AAJ.
The simpler violations such as missing paperwork or having certain components out of order. Or it could be something like defective brakes, ball tires, loads that dangerously exceed weight limits.
DeLorenzi says those violations are significant because though trucks account for a smaller portion of traffic, they account for a disproportionately high number of accidents and death. In 2007, Kentucky had the nation's 19th highest number of fatal accidents involving commercial trucks.