Chicago, IL- Trucking regulations may be slightly inconvenient to some in the industry, but these regulations have one goal in mind: Save the lives of motorists and truck drivers. That is exactly what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says has happened with the agency recently touting the life-saving success of the agency’s trucking safety regulations. However, there is one company that says the number of lives saved could be higher.
In a press release issued on February 29, 2016, the FMCSA announced that traffic enforcement and roadside safety inspections prevented 472 truck accident deaths since 2012. Additionally, safety regulations have prevented 9,000 injuries and more than 14,000 accidents involving large commercial trucks and buses, the agency reports.
“Over the last several decades, we’ve made tremendous strides in reducing the number of traffic fatalities and injuries on our nation’s roadways,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in the press release. “The roadside safety inspection and traffic enforcement programs exemplify our commitment to continue to raise the bar on safety and build upon our progress.”
In 2012, more than 3.5 million trucks were inspected, which may seem like a large number of inspections, but in reality, there need to be more inspections. TransComply, a company that helps small carriers comply with federal safety regulations, told Overdrive magazine that the number of lives saved in truck accidents could be much higher if the FMCSA did more inspections. The company says the number of roadside inspections has dropped 43 percent since 2006.
Safety should be of utmost important to truck drivers and trucking companies, but it isn’t always. That fact is demonstrated by the fact that mechanical failure is one of the leading causes of truck accidents in Illinois. Some drivers and transit companies are willing to cut corners and as consequences put other people’s lives at risk. When they do, trucking companies and truck drivers need to hold accountable for their carelessness or disregard of your well-being.
USAttorneys has a team of truck accident lawyers in Chicago, Illinois who can offer expert representation to residents who have been harmed in a truck accident. We urge you to speak with one of our outstanding lawyers in Illinois and set up a consultation. Or, you can contact us through our website, and we’ll have an attorney call you.
The accident lawyers at USAttorneys know how costly the injuries suffered in a truck accident can be and how much turmoil it can create in a victim’s life. That is why our legal team will work tirelessly to get you the full amount of compensation they are entitled to for their devastating crash. The will do everything they can to ensure you can overcome all the hurdles you face because of your accident. Let us refer you to a knowledgeable and trustworthy truck accident lawyer near you in Illinois.
Truck drivers injured in an accident involving mechanical failure are urged to first speak with a workers’ compensation attorney.