Truck Inspections & Highway Safety
The number of large trucks and truck drivers inspected by safety investigators each year is shockingly inadequate. For years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and partner state agencies have inspected about 2% of more than 500,000 registered motor carriers for compliance with regulations. As one truck driver recently told a congressional committee, the current system amounts to a "catch me if you can" mentality. The lack of attention to safety by some companies and drivers leads to thousands of preventable accidents involving large trucks each year, including many fatalities. Negligence on the part of a trucking company or commercial truck driver may be a contributing factor if you are involved in an accident with a large truck. Now is the time to seek the advice of an experienced Houston truck accident lawyer at Arnold & Itkin.
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Compliance, Safety, Accountability Methodology: Ensuring Safety
The FMCSA instituted a Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program designed to help regulate unsafe and uninspected vehicles. Motor carrier and driver safety performance are subject to be criticized in light of seven Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories (BASICS).
If they do not pass, they are subject to various interventions by the FMCSA which may include the following:
- Letter of Warning: This lets the carrier know correction is necessary.
- Increased Roadside Enforcement: Carriers are flagged and inspected for specific faults.
- Off-site Investigation: Investigators will concentrate on whichever BASICS the carrier failed.
- Cooperative Safety Plan: The carrier may be required to develop a plan to correct performance.
- Notice of Claim, Penalty, and Settlement Agreement: This involves fining the carrier or driver.
The CSA also has a Safety Management Cycle (SMC) model that will assess a company’s safety management and improve upon it. The FMCSA recommends this model to improve safety within a carrier organization.
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If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a tractor-trailer or semi-truck accident caused by a trucker, you have a legal right to seek compensation. Just as drivers need to understand the rules of the road, you need to understand your legal options. The trial attorneys from our firm can help you evaluate them at no charge. In fact, we won't charge you any fee at all unless we obtain a verdict or settlement on your behalf. Our personal injury law firm represents victims of truck accidents nationwide and our skilled Houston truck injury attorneys are ready to be the aggressive advocates you need behind your case. Let us stand up to trucking companies on your behalf and secure a settlement or verdict that recognizes the damages you have suffered and the justice you deserve. Request a free consultation today by calling (888) 493-1629.