By James Scapellato
Scapellato & Co.
This Opinion piece appears in the April 2 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
Why do cars run into tractor-trailers stopped on the shoulders of roads? How could anyone miss seeing a tractor-trailer? It happens all too frequently.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that about 450 fatalities and 5,000 injuries occur annually to the occupants of cars involved in rear-impact crashes — and 55% of these unexplained crashes occur during daylight or dawn hours.
Since 1937, the U.S. Department of Transportation has required truckers stopped on the roadway or shoulder to warn motorists. The purpose of the rule is to reduce the frequency and severity of rear-impact crashes by improving motorists’ detection and response to “emergency” stopped vehicles.