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Federal Trucking Safety Rating System Criticized

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According to the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Analysis Division, 31 percent of large truck accidents in 2009 were caused by truck driver-related factors including speeding, distracted driving and failing to maintain the proper lane. Commercial trucking accidents contribute to an average of 4,000 fatalities each year.

If you are the victim of a truck accident it is important to have an experienced truck accident attorney in Clayton County who can get the proper compensation.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established a system for rating the safety performance of commercial truck companies and bus carriers. However, a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the system delivered incorrect results and was inadequate for promoting highway safety.

The system in question, the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, compares commercial truck and bus carriers by using data collected from roadside inspections of trucks and big rigs, and from accident investigations. The data are used to increase scrutiny for the truck and bus carriers that have the most safety violations. 

According to a GAO audit, the FMCSA's safety scores for trucking and bus companies were made without having sufficient information to make a fair comparison between companies. The GAO report recommended that the FMCSA use greater judgment in rating carriers based on safety records, with the potential result being fewer positive safety ratings.

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted truck driver, meet with a truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can assist in every stage of the case including obtaining the available evidence.

Category: Truck Accidents

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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