One Mom's Battle to Make Trucking Safer

November 13, 2014

A Woman Making Trucking Safer

The Georgia mom of two teenage girls is doing everything she can to make sure other parents never have to live through the tragedy she is currently facing.

In May of 2013, Marianne Karth was driving on the highway with her daughters, seventeen-year-old AnnaLeah and thirteen-year-old Mary. Suddenly, her car was slammed from behind by a tractor trailer, which cause the car to spin around and get pinned under another truck's trailer. AnnaLeah died at the scene of the accident, and Mary died later on at the hospital.

So many factors play a part in these types of accidents. Sometimes, motorists are at fault. Many of them stop too quickly on the highway, or they participate in distracted driving activities like talking on their cell phones or texting. Other times, the trucker or the carrier is at fault. Carriers will frequently place high demands on their drivers to meet deadlines, and it frequently puts other motorists in harm's way. Long driving hours also often results in fatigue for drivers, which can mean truckers make poor driving decisions or even fall asleep at the wheel.

Regardless of the reasons behind these types of accidents, the proper steps must be taken to ensure that all motorists and their passengers remain safe on the road. Trucking accidents occur far too often; the most recently publicized ones being Tracey Morgan and the Texas community college softball team.

While Marianne Karth doesn't have the fame or notoriety that these other victims have, she is determined to raise awareness about the need for trucking legislation that will prevent as many of these accidents from happening as possible.

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