House bill 19 is pending before a legislative committee in Austin. If it becomes law it would make our highways more dangerous. In 2018, there were 664 fatal crashes involving large trucks on Texas highways. This is the highest in the nation. It’s over 300 more fatalities than second-place California with 352 fatalities.
The proposed law would prevent injured people from learning whether the trucking company was operating with unqualified drivers or unsafe equipment. It would also prohibit any inquiries as to whether the trucking company conducted safety meetings or even had a safety program. In other words, it prevents those who suffer injury or death in a truck crash from learning the “whole truth” about the trucking company.