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The nation’s top trucking regulator-to-be told lawmakers she is committed to taking concrete steps to reduce deaths and injuries from large-truck crashes.

“Motor carriers that have risky behavior need to be investigated, and when they come into the industry we need to have a closer eye on them,” Joshi said at the nomination hearing to make her the seventh administrator of the Department of Transportation agency established in 2000 and charged with truck safety issues.

There has been a 52% increase in heavy trucks accidents since 2009;

-74% of all fatal passenger vehicle cases include a large truck;
-Tire defects account for around 30% (the most common cause) of all truck-related accidents;
-Most of these accidents occur during the day — between noon and 3 p.m., up to 19% in the past decade; and
-68% of all truck fatalities are passenger vehicle occupants.