Dan Lindner of Illinois lost his wife Angela, sons Aidan and Danny, and his mother-in-law Dorothy Meller in a horrific traffic accident caused by a truck driver who failed to slow down in time for the traffic congestion ahead of him. As stated in CNBC’s four-part investigative series “Collision Course”, fatal accidents like this one are common with an average of 11 per day.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, nearly 4,000 people are killed each year and 100,000 are injured in truck crashes. Interviews by CNBC with regulators, industry, lawyers, and victims reveal a number of causes. CNBC’s Eamon Javers states that “the reasons why are as varied as overly tired drivers, companies that don’t screen for problem drivers, and government that is slow to force new safety technologies on to American roads.”
“Collision Course” will continue to air throughout CNBC’s Business Day Programming (4 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday) on the network and on CNBC.com.
The full report “Truck Accidents Surge: Why No National Outcy?” can be found here.