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'Road Hazards' examines Texas truck safety

Holly Becka, Gregg Jones,
Jennifer LaFleur, and Steve McGonigle of The Dallas Morning News

obtained and analyzed federal and state truck inspection and investigation records, accident reports and court records to show that trucking companies rarely take blame in fatal crashes. "They hire illegal immigrants who struggle to read road signs and communicate in English with police and emergency personnel. " The investigation also found that when accidents occur, trucking companies defend their drivers and often blame the other vehicles - and in many cases the dead occupants - regardless of the evidence. They typically fight any release of information about their drivers and vehicles, and wage protracted legal battles to avoid blame.

NOTE: DOT Truck Accident, Truck Census and Truck Inspection data is available from the IRE and NICAR Database Library.

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