Operation Safe Driver week comes to a close
Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 20, 2012 in Truck Accidents
The trucking industry has extensive rules and regulations in place because the nature of truck driving can be very dangerous. Individual drivers are responsible for transporting huge, sometime dangerous, amounts of cargo across the country as efficiently as possible. These drivers can be hired by companies who are primarily focused on making money and their bottom lines.
The two parties can sometimes make dangerous decisions in order to transport more cargo faster, but sometimes this puts other motorists in harm's way. While agencies such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does their best to enforce weight limits, driver hours of service and regular maintenance on trucks, the reality is that too often, truck drivers and truck owners disregard these regulations in the interest of profits.
For the past week, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has been increasing efforts to make sure truck drivers are operating their rigs safely. They have been focused on conducting roadside safety inspections, ensuring truck drivers are in compliance with hours of operation and educating other drivers on how to drive safely around these huge vehicles.
Cutting down the number of truck accidents is essential across Connecticut. In a collision between an 80,000-pound semi truck and a 3,000-pound car, the smaller vehicle and driver are more likely to suffer serious damages and injuries. Many victims of a truck accident are permanently injured or paralyzed, and other times they do not survive the crash. If you have been injured in a truck accident contact one of our New Haven truck accident attorneys today for a free consultation.
It is vital that truck drivers and their trucks are routinely and strictly examined for safety compliance. Without this type of scrutiny, truck drivers can be negligent in operating their vehicle safely and truck owners can allow unsafe drivers or equipment to transport cargo. In either of these cases, it is often an innocent car driver who must pay the ultimate price.
Source: Truckinginfo.com, "Operation Safe Driver Week Aims to Prevent Distracted Driving," Oct. 17, 2012