MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (P.L. 112-141), was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012. It is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005. It sets highway safety as a national goal. 

The changes brought about by MAP-21 are extensive and impact almost every area of the trucking industry. A complete copy of the legislation can be found HERE Lawyers handling trucking cases should make sure they review this legislation in detail. Much of the legislation has gone into effect, other provisions go into effect in October. 

 

  • The National Transportation Safety Board recommended technology to allow vehicles to continuously communicate with each other over wireless networks. A computer chip analyzes information such as speed, location, etc. up to 10 times per second which I warns a driver when a hazard is imminent. Sometimes this is before a driver is even aware of another vehicle.

    NTSB Chairperson Deborah Hersman has said. “This technology, more than anything else holds great promise to protect lives and prevent injuries.”

    In part, review of the technology is a result of two school bus accidents last year. In a New Jersey bus crash a child was killed in others were seriously injured when a dump truck crashed into the side of the school bus. The big rig caused the bus to spin and crash with the pole.

    A second big rig accident involving semi tractor-trailer hitting a school bus in Florida. This crash also cause the death of a child and injured others seriously.

    The auto industry is reluctant to endorse the improved technology. As a truck accident lawyer you believe the technology should be included in all new big rigs?

  • The National Transportation Safety Board recommended technology to allow vehicles to continuously communicate with each other over wireless networks. A computer chip analyzes information such as speed, location, etc. up to 10 times per second which I warns a driver when a hazard is imminent. Sometimes this is before a driver is even aware of another vehicle.

    NTSB Chairperson Deborah Hersman has said. “This technology, more than anything else holds great promise to protect lives and prevent injuries.”

    In part, review of the technology is a result of two school bus accidents last year. In a New Jersey bus crash a child was killed in others were seriously injured when a dump truck crashed into the side of the school bus. The big rig caused the bus to spin and crash with the pole.

    A second big rig accident involving semi tractor-trailer hitting a school bus in Florida. This crash also cause the death of a child and injured others seriously.

    The auto industry is reluctant to endorse the improved technology. As a truck accident lawyer you believe the technology should be included in all new big rigs?

  • Great post! Been reading a lot about the law regarding vehicles. Thanks for the info here!