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Safety Measurement System Tracks Truck Carrier Compliance

Published May 3, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Drivers of passenger cars or pickup trucks traveling on open highways or interstates should be especially aware of semi-trailers or other large trucks also on the road. Because of the size and speed of these vehicles, accidents involving one of these large commercial semis can cause significant injuries, or even death. Federal and state regulations governing vehicle condition and driver behavior are constantly being reviewed and updated to help improve roadway safety.

Findings from a study released in May 2006 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revealed that drivers of large trucks and other vehicles involved in truck crashes are ten times more likely to be the cause of the crash than other factors, such as weather, road conditions, or vehicle performance. If you or a loved one are involved in a tractor-trailer accident in the Binghamton area, the accident attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney can help you.

The FMCSA, an arm of the Department of Transportation (DOT), ensures full compliance with all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) for truck, motor coach, and bus companies in the US. The regulations are designed to continue the downward trend in truck fatalities and maintain motor carrier operational efficiencies.

According to FMCSA data, there were 118 deaths and over 2,100 injuries in New York trucking accidents in 2008, a slight decline from 2007. To help continue the downward trend, the FMCSA implemented a Safety Measurement System (SMS) that will score commercial vehicle companies based upon drivers’ behavior and company compliance with the behavior and safety categories as follows:

  • Driver measures that will count against the company: Unsafe driving; Fatigued driving; Driver Fitness; and, Controlled Substances and Alcohol.
  • Carrier-related measures: Vehicle maintenance; Cargo related; and, Crash Indicator.

Carriers will be monitored regularly and could face penalties, including losing their business licenses, for failing to comply with these safety regulations.

The injury attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, recognize the importance of bringing tractor trailer and large truck safety awareness to all people traveling New York’s roads and highways. We encourage drivers to remain alert and cautious at all times, especially where trucks and other large vehicles are present.

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If you have suffered harm as the result of a New York truck or car accident, Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, can help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorneys today! There is no charge for the consultation.

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