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Agency to devote more attention to safety of smaller trucking companies?

FMCSA might have to change the way it inspects smaller trucking companies.
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    January 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency that is responsible for creating and enforcing safety rules that apply to trucking companies and their employees. These regulations call for penalties should the companies fail to hit certain safety benchmarks, which may even include the removal of their operating certificates, essentially forcing them off of the roads until changes are made.

Whenever a trucking accident occurs, the FMCSA will review the crash to determine if any rules should be changed, and what should happen to the companies involved in the collision. The agency may penalize companies and drivers for accidents, speeding tickets and equipment violations under a comprehensive system that was implemented recently to improve safety on the country's roadways.

However, the FMCSA has experienced some problems when trying to carry out these objectives. There are many trucking companies that have a large number of drivers working for them. It is somewhat easier for the agency to keep track of these organizations, as they are subject to inspection rather frequently.

Smaller companies though, such as those that may have only one or two drivers, are much more difficult for the FMCSA to monitor. And according to the FMCSA's reporting system, nearly 74 percent of the companies in operation only have one or two trucks. Since the number of random roadside inspections has dropped due to a lack of resources, the agency may therefore not be able to notice severe violations that may potentially place motorists at risk.

A recent review of the FMCSA by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has led to concerns regarding the FMCSA's ability to proactively stop some of these accidents from happening. The NTSB report stated that the FMCSA does an adequate job of investigating serious crashes and developing policies and procedures after they have completed their review, but it fails to design initiatives that could significantly prevent future crashes from occurring.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to begin preparing your case for immediate compensation. An attorney can protect your rights, advise you of the steps you need to take while you are recovering from your injuries, and to help you be sure that you are aware of all the expenses that will be connected with your medical care.

In many of these crashes, the insurance companies involved will try contact you early on to convince you to settle your case for too little. It is extremely important that you do not forfeit your legal rights for less money than you are entitled to. You should therefore consult with your attorney before you make any such decision.

Article provided by Henness & Haight, Injury Attorneys
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