Couple fights for stricter trucking regulations after daughters' deaths

(WJLA) - Annaleah and Mary Karth were just teenagers when a crash on Georgia Interstate took their lives last May. Their family vehicle was struck, propelling it under a tractor trailer and killing the two girls.

"Their lives were abruptly ended, and we want to see that same thing does not happen to others," said their mother, Marianne Karth.

On Monday, their parents brought thousands of petitions from their home in North Carolina to the U.S. Department of Transportation, asking for stricter trucking regulations.

“We want to make sure that we do everything we can to influence whoever we need to to make sure it does happen, because we want to save other people," said Marianne.

The Karth family is calling for improved under-ride guards to prevent vehicles from sliding under trucks, and also wants to require electric monitoring devices to decrease the number of truckers driving while fatigued. They also are aiming to increase the minimum liability insurance required for drivers.

"This is not sending someone to the moon -- this is very simple stuff that we can do...The under guard can be fixed for $20, why aren't we doing it?" asked the girls' father, Jerry Karth.

The American Trucking Association supports some of these ideas, but isn’t sold on the need for an insurance increase.

“We really have to question whether or not that would really have a benefit, knowing that the vast majority of crashes are covered by existing limits and we don't know what the benefits would be of increasing the premium," said Ron Abbott, Safety Policy VP of the American Trucking Association.