More stringent rules to come for unsafe truck companies

Truck accidents are a major problem on the road. Due to their large size and weight, a truck accident can lead to more severe injuries and fatalities than a regular car accident. reports that the Federal Motor Carrier Administration is now making it easier to shut down the operations of any truck companies with an ongoing history of citations and safety concerns.

These new safety regulations allow the agency to shut down unsafe truck companies for repeated problems even in situations where their latest inspection didn’t quite warrant the operation to be put out of business. This comes after the agency has received criticism and was investigated for failing to shutter unsafe truck companies. The new safety regulations for truck companies should benefit drivers on the road. The chance of a truck accident occurring may decrease, but for now truck accidents and the resulting personal injuries drivers receive from them is still a prevalent issue.

A truck accident can result in severe injuries and tremendous medical expenses for those involved. Whether a driver becomes distracted, operates the vehicle while intoxicated or has simply spent too many hours on the road, he or she can be held accountable for endangering the lives of others.

Filing a lawsuit against the truck company or truck owner may result in financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, permanent disability, and pain and suffering. Having legal representation throughout the process can help ensure that you are fully aware of your rights and options, hopefully bettering your chances of reaching a favorable resolution. Until more unsafe truck companies are shut down, it is necessary to continue to be careful when driving around large trucks.

Source: “Shutting down unsafe bus companies to get easier,” Joan Lowy, Jan. 17, 2014

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