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Arnold & Itkin LLP Truck Accident Blog2012OctoberMexico Truck Accident a Shining Example of Why U.S. Has Federal Regulations

Mexico Truck Accident a Shining Example of Why U.S. Has Federal Regulations

Just last week in Mexico, a semi collided with an overcrowded pickup truck. The accident resulted in the death of 16 people. All 16 people were passengers of the pickup truck. The semi truck was traveling on a highway when it encountered the pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction. For an unknown reason, the semi truck crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and collided with the truck. The truck driver got out of the rig and fled the scene, according to preliminary investigations.

Mexico has no federal trucking regulations that drivers have to abide by, with some exceptions when it comes to Mexican trucks crossing the U.S. border. According to a deal that was signed in July 2011, Mexican truckers are actually allowed to transport goods "deep into the United States, and vice versa," according to a report from The New York Times. The deal was signed so that Mexico would eliminate billions of dollars in taxes on American products. According to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, this will "create jobs and opportunity for our people and support economic development in both nations." While this decision will reduce the cost of moving goods over the border, it presents a significant danger to passengers on U.S. highways.

Mexican truckers must apply for permits if they wish to be able to drive on U.S. highways, but these regulations are not as strict as the ones imposed on commercial vehicle drivers in the states. According to the new regulations, the Mexican drivers must be able to pass drug screening tests and speak English. The Clinton administration actually opposed agreements of this nature, stating that it would compromise safety. Drivers that have not been properly trained to drive commercial vehicles are statistically more likely to cause collisions.

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