Each year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) publishes a
list of its most wanted transportation safety improvements. The list is
designed to highlight serious issues Americans face as motorists and passengers
- by land, sea, or air - and to suggest changes that will help reduce
transportation accidents and save lives.
The Most Wanted List is compiled using common issues noted by NTSB investigators.
These issues have been the cause of previous accidents, and in many cases
injuries and deaths. Below are just a few of the most pressing transportation
safety issues according to the NTSB:
Distraction - Electronic devices and smartphones have created an extremely concerning
level of distraction across many modes of transportation, and have caused
thousands of preventable injuries and deaths.
Substance Abuse - Operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances
is an incredibly negligent, but far too common behavior. The NTSB proposes
stronger laws and better enforcement to fight this problem.
Positive Train Control - Train accidents often garner considerable attention because they frequently
result in mass casualties. To prevent these accidents, the NTSB proposes
the use of positive train control, a technology capable of stopping rail
accident before they happen.
Mass Transit Safety - Mass transit - buses, trains, ferries, streetcars - are used by millions
of people every day. To protect the public from preventable harm, mass
transit systems should strengthen organizational safety cultures and utilize
Health of Transportation Operators - The NTSB reports a number of accidents in which a transportation operator's
medical condition or physicial health was a contributing cause. As any
condition - or treatment - that affects a transportation operator's
performance is dangerous, stronger requirements for duty should be implemented.
Commercial Trucking - Accidents, injuries, and deaths involving commercial trucks have increased
in recent years. Improvements in the regulation of trucking companies
and truck drivers can help reduce the number of preventable accidents.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, we have helped many victims
and families after they've been involved in preventable transportation
accidents, including truck accidents and commercial vehicle accidents.
In many of these cases, we've seen how negligence and preventable
mistakes caused tremendous damage and loss, and we continue to see such today.
If you have questions about your rights after any type of transportation
accident, contact an experienced trial lawyer from our firm to discuss