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Another Tragic Truck Crash


Another really tragic reminder about the dangers of large trucks on our local highways. In this very sad news story, 17 people were hurt last night, four died at the scene and another in a local hospital.  According to the story in the local newspaper, several people were in the roadway to help the victim of an earlier crash at 2:30 a.m. when the truck hit them.

Both the Star-Telegram and National Public Radio had news stories about truck safety in the last several months:  On The Hill, Debate Reawakens Over Tired TruckersIn Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking BoomGovernment Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements.

The primary mission of the  Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration (FMCSA)  is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.  They track many statistics about truck crashes and reported to Congress that 4,186 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2013:  Large Truck Crash Facts.

Unfortunately, trucking companies are only required to carry $750,000 in liability insurance.  Report to Congress on Financial Responsibility.  Obviously that is not nearly enough to compensate individuals for a loss of this magnitude, although the insurance company is probably started investigating their liability for the trucking company within hours.

The crash in Fort Worth is a real and life-shattering tragedy for all the people and families involved in this terrible crash.  Hopefully time, faith, and community support will help them put their lives back together.

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