Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Turns Attention to Commercial Bus and Truck Safety in Upcoming Policy Changes

Commercial buses and trucks, especially during the holiday season, are heavily relied upon by millions of travelers, as passengers and others on our nation’s roadways, to operate in the safest manner possible. Unfortunately, they are often the cause of accidents on our roads, injuring and killing passengers, drivers, or others. Policies implemented and data collected by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”), particularly the Compliance Safety Accountability program, help to recognize and quell any safety concerns and keep bus and trucking companies operating as safely as possible. Recently, the FMCSA has shifted their attention to commercial buses and truck safety. In doing so, by December, changes in their policy will be completed and implemented.

The changes will bring an increased attention to commercial bus and truck safety. Hopefully, this will result in less accidents and less injuries and fatalities for passengers, drivers, and everybody on the roads in Massachusetts and nationwide. According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, data collected by the FMCSA and he policies they subsequently implement are essential in keeping our roads safe.

The Boston car accident lawyers at Bellotti Law Group know that commercial busses and trucks are often the cause of car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. Commercial buses and trucks should be safely maintained and operated. When a driver, inspector, manufacturer, or designer fails to meet reasonable safety standards, they should be held liable for their negligence and the damages they cause. Call the Boston car accident attorneys at Bellotti Law Group today if another driver’s negligence has caused you or a loved one injuries or a wrongful death at 617-225-2100. We won’t settle until you receive full and fair compensation from all liable parties.

Common Negligent Driving Habits of Bus and Truck Drivers Include:

– Speeding or driving erratically or unpredictably, such as switching lanes without warning or drifting.

– Not accommodating for inclement weather conditions like rain, snow, or solar glare.

– Not checking surroundings for other vehicles before moving in or out of traffic.

– Being too fatigued to safely drive.

– Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

– “Day dreaming” or simply not paying attention to the road.

The sheer size of most commercial trucks and buses simply overwhelm other vehicles on the road. As such, it is imperative to develop and enforce the safe maintenance, operation, design, and manufacture of these vehicles. In 2011, there were nearly 4,000 fatalities resulting from accident with large trucks and buses. The enforcement and refinement of safety laws are critical to reducing this high number.

The Boston car accident attorneys at Bellotti Law Group urge all to review a company’s published “safety rating” before using a busing company or large trucking company. Also, we implore all drivers to be aware of large commercial vehicles on the road, leaving plenty of space to react to unanticipated maneuvers or negligent driving tactics. Contact us today at 617-225-2100 and visit www.bellottilaw.com for more.

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