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Monday, May 26, 2014

Hidden Dangers – Study reveals 65% of commercial trucks are committing safety violations

Trucks pulling semi-trailers can be scary based on size alone - these large tractor-trailers can easily weigh twenty times more than your car.   

As a personal injury attorney located in Henry County Georgia, I have represented many victims of trucking accidents.  It's not just the size that’s worrisome, as many trucking-related hazards are not visible to fellow motorists. And these hidden dangers are often not identified unless the truck is inspected at a roadside inspection point.  

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the US Department of Transportation, was created to save lives by reducing the number crashes involving commercial vehicles on our highways.  As part of its mission, the FMCSA collects data from roadside safety inspections and publishes reports about the effectiveness of safety programs.

The most recent data published by this group shows that, of the 75,000 roadside safety inspections that were conducted in the state of Georgia throughout the course of a year, over 65% revealed safety violations.  That means approximately 50,000 commercial trucks driving on highways in the state of Georgia were actively violating safety standards.   This is disturbing news for anyone who travels on Georgia highways. 

An example of a safety violation committed by commercial tractor-trailer rigs is improperly loaded cargo that can cause uneven weight distribution within the trailer.  This causes the truck to become unstable, and more likely to move erratically or roll over.  It is the driver’s responsibility to check the cargo at specific intervals to ensure that it is properly secured and has not shifted.  

Improper brake maintenance is also a safety violation.  This defect can increase stopping distance and makes it hard for drivers to predict the time and distance needed to slow down.  Malfunctions with the front brake system can also cause the truck to jackknife. 

These dangers are real, and you need to approach trucks with caution.  If you are involved in a commercial truck-related accident, it’s important to consult with an experienced attorney immediately.  For more information on this topic, email personal injury attorney Andrew Gebhardt at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864. 

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