A proposal that would call for commercial trucks and buses to have electronic devices to recall how many hours the vehicles are in operation is being considered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The measure is geared towards reducing the number of fatal accidents involving trucks and buses.
A number of our posts lately have focused on the issue of auto recalls. This is important for a number of reasons. When a person is injured in a car accident, there could be a number of possible causes. Driver error is one (obvious) reason, but there may be mechanical defects that could have led to the crash. An investigation into the crash could reveal the real culprit, which could actually be the car’s manufacturer.
Federal prosecutors have reportedly opened an investigation into General Motors to find out what the automaker knew about the ignition switch defect that prompted a recall earlier this year. According to a USA Today report, the probe could result in criminal charges being brought.
Hit and run accidents bring about a sense of outrage and dread that few crimes can manifest. We expect better from people when accidents occur, which is likely why leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime against the public.