Anytime a driver gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, he or she should be aware that there are risks involved. Traveling by motor vehicle can lead to unpredictable events, from getting a flat tire to being in a collision. If a driver is struck by a semi-truck, he or she is at the highest risk for suffering serious, critical, and even fatal injuries.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducts safety inspections of commercial drivers and trucking companies to help reduce the number of truck accidents in Georgia and throughout this nation by getting the dangerous truckers and trucking companies off the road.
Recent FMCSA Inspection Results
As part of their federal safety efforts, the FMCSA recently completed their 2012 drug and alcohol inspection of commercial drivers. Their strike force was composed of approximately 200 investigators, who conducted reviews of truck drivers’ drug and alcohol records this past spring. As a result, the agency was able to do the following:
- Identify truck drivers who move between trucking companies to avoid drug and alcohol monitoring
- Flag violations of drug and alcohol testing rules
- Remove 287 commercial truck drivers from the road
- Identify trucking companies which do not conduct proper alcohol and drug tests
The trucking companies which did not conduct proper testing or employed drivers who failed alcohol or drug tests may face fines. The targeted truckers may lose their commercial driving privileges and face other potential penalties.
Dangerous Truck Drivers
Although FMCSA is working to remove negligent truckers who are more likely to take drugs or drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a big rig, truck accidents in Atlanta and across this nation are inevitable. However, thanks to the efforts of the FMCSA, there should be fewer trucking accidents caused by alcohol and drug use.
Negligent Trucking Companies
While some truck accidents are caused by a driver’s negligence or by drug or alcohol use, other truck wrecks are caused by a trucking company’s deliberate disregard of FMCSA’s safety measures. Trucking companies are supposed to conduct testing on their truckers and comply with federal safety regulations. If they don’t, and if they have serious safety violations, FMCSA may order that trucking company to cease operations.
For instance, FMCSA recently ordered a Tennessee-based trucking company to cease its transportation services upon finding several safety violations. This company did not test its drivers for controlled substances, it allowed drivers to drive without a commercial driver’s license, it did not conduct timely vehicle maintenance, and it committed violations of hours-of-service.
Unfortunately, some truckers and trucking companies neglect safety regulations and get away with it, endangering the public. If you were injured in a semi-truck crash in Georgia, we encourage you to seek the help of an experienced Atlanta truck accident attorney. Contact Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999 today to request your free case consultation.