Improvements in commercial vehicle cab roof strength would provide significant safety benefits
In the commercial trucking industry, weight is everything. Cargo weight is the major variable affecting the economy of a delivery, and it is also the reason why there are no federal regulations or standards governing commercial motor vehicle roof strength.
Modest improvements to the roof strength of commercial cabs would add just a small amount of weight to the vehicles and could save more than 12,000 lives according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) estimations, but the trucking industry continually fights the imposition of standards. At the same time, trucking companies and associations lobby legislators for an increase in the weight maximum on federal roads, regardless of the added dangers that excessive weight poses for truckers, other drivers, and even the environment.
According to the FMCSA, about 42 percent of injuries from single vehicle large truck crashes are due to rollovers, and 52 percent of truck occupant fatalities involve a rollover crash. Still, the federal regulators bow to pressure from the trucking industry and focus their attention on rollover prevention. These efforts, however, fall critically short of mitigating the dangers commercial truck drivers face as wind sheer, other motor vehicles, and road obstacles typically cause or contribute to heavy vehicle rollovers.
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