Department of Transportation expert witnesses may write reports and testify on qualifications of truck drivers, and federal motor vehicle safety standards, as well as related issues. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2009, 3,619 individuals were killed and 74,652 were injured on our nation’s highways in accidents involving heavy-duty trucks and buses. In its 2006 Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS), the DOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined that more than 60 percent of these types of accidents were the result of rear-end collisions, side-swipe accidents, loss of control, and/or running off the road or out of the lane. Brake problems were factors in about 30 percent of crashes studied in the LTCCS. Motor vehicle parts manufacturers make commercially-available technologies to address these types of accident scenarios.
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