Truck accidents are receiving serious scrutiny by the media. Although the catalyst for these stories may have been the truck accident involving famous comedian Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock and SNL fame, reporters are stumbling on some troubling data as they put these stories together. It appears Tracy Morgan's story is not rare. In fact, according to a recent report by NBC News there were approximately 3,921 fatalities connected to truck accidents in 2012 alone. In addition, these accidents are increasing. According to the same report the rate of accidents involving commercial trucks was up almost 20 percent between the years of 2009 and 2012.
The federal government has pushed to pass trucking regulations that are designed to increase the safety of the nation's roadways. One of the more recent regulations is receiving pushback from the trucking industry. The regulation in dispute requires that truck drivers get two consecutive nights of rest between the hours 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Although this is intended to lead to more rested drivers, the trucking industry argues it puts more trucks on the road during morning rush hour. The increased congestion inherent to driving during these times could, the trucking industry argues, lead to even more truck crashes.