On July 16, U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill that would require all new commercial trucks to have automatic emergency braking systems installed. The proposed law is designed to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries in Wisconsin and across the country.

H.R. 3773, or the Safe Roads Act of 2019, was introduced by U.S. Representatives Hank Johnson, Jesús García and Matt Cartwright. If passed, it would require that all new commercial motor vehicles, including large trucks, come equipped with automatic emergency braking systems, which cost around $500. It would also require the systems to be used whenever commercial vehicles are being operated on U.S. roads. Johnson tried to get a similar bill introduced in 2015, but his efforts failed. Meanwhile, García and Cartwright also introduced a bill that would require motor carrier insurance minimums to be periodically adjusted to match medical cost increases.

The bills were unveiled on the same day members of the Truck Safety Coalition, whose membership includes families of truck crash victims, came to Washington, D.C., to lobby for stronger safety standards for commercial trucks. The group is also pushing the commercial truck industry to adopt the use of speed limiters and side and front underride guards on all big rigs.

Large truck collisions often lead to fatalities and severe injuries. When truck crashes are caused by negligence on the part of the truck driver, injured victims have the right to take legal action against that driver in civil court. An attorney familiar with traffic accident claims may collect evidence supporting a victim’s claim and file a personal injury lawsuit on his or her behalf. This might result in a monetary settlement that covers damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and property loss. Victims may have their case evaluated by contacting an attorney.