Many trucking accidents are a result of inadequate safety inspections. Unfortunately, many of these accidents could have been prevented if big-rig trucks were physically inspected on an annual basis to determine if they are in compliance with current safety regulations. Additionally, recent studies of highway accidents involving 18-wheelers showed that many causes for accidents are due to unsafe truck driver behaviors. These behaviors include driving while fatigued, driving over the posted speed limits and driving a big-rig without the appropriate qualifications or training.
Fortunately, the federal government has introduced a program to increase the identification of unsafe drivers and rate trucking companies on their compliance with safety regulations. These ratings will be based on the performance of their truck drivers, safety violation and maintenance records. As these compliance records become available, they can be utilized to support cases against trucking companies and their drivers to show negligence in the event of an accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, contact the Dwyer Law Firm to understand what legal options are available to you.