We have been talking about the increase in tractor-trailer accidents and some of the reasons for the uptick offered by industry experts and analysts. From the outside -- from the perspective of the accident victims and their families -- it looks as if regulators and trucking companies are wary of addressing the issue at all.
In their defense, the solution is not clear. And consensus is a few exits down this highway; no one seems to agree on anything. For example, if regulators succeed in holding on to the current hours-of-service rules -- the rules that include the 34-hour restart -- industry leaders say that there will be more trucks on the road, which will necessarily increase the risk of a crash. Any talk of mechanical problems with the trucks meets with resistance from the industry as well.