Dangerous Practices of Some Trucking Companies

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets out numerous regulations and rules in order to prevent truck accidents and serious injury to motorists. Both truck drivers and trucking companies must follow these rules or face sanctions by the FMCSA. In addition, trucking companies have a duty to ensure their drivers are in compliance, and to take appropriate disciplinary action if they are not. While there are many companies that follow all of the laws, there are unfortunately some companies that do not properly supervise or discipline drivers in accordance with regulations. Turning their heads the other way often allows more deliveries, which means more money for both driver and company. If you have been injured because a trucking company was not following FMCSA regulations, a Coweta County truck accident attorney can help you hold that company responsible,

Common FMCSA violations include the following:

  • Not properly maintaining records regarding driver qualifications and safety
  • Hiring or allowing unqualified lawyers to operate trucks
  • Not properly performing background checks on drivers for alcohol or other reckless driving violations
  • Not auditing driver time logs or not disciplining drivers for hour of service violations
  • Failing to perform required drug and alcohol testing on drivers
  • Failing to regularly and thoroughly inspect and maintain trucks
  • Allowing trucks that may malfunction onto the highways

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney today for a free consultation

The above are only some examples of negligent actions of trucking companies. Such negligence and failure to follow FMCSA rules and regulations puts motorists in danger of accidents and serious injuries, and the FMCSA does not always identify a problem before it is too late. There is no excuse for noncompliance with trucking regulations, and companies who do not comply should be held responsible for any damage caused as a result. If you have been injured, call Shane Smith Law at (980) 246-2656 today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer.

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