Traveling on highways and local roads is something that we do all the time, and we expect that proper safety measures are being put in place by government authorities and commercial trucking companies. However, truck crashes are not reducing in frequency in Texas or throughout the United States. In many places, they are increasing at a steady rate. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) consistently reviews roadway safety in the U.S., and they have found that current regulations and industry practices do not do enough to keep unsafe truckers off the road.
Unsafe truckers cause many deaths every year, and you or a loved one can be seriously injured or killed in a trucking accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, you will need an experienced Houston truck accident lawyer to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
Contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. for a free, initial case consultation. Call us today at (281) 283-8500.
The Shortcomings Of Federal Oversight On Truckers
Accidents caused by commercial trucks or passenger buses can cause a great deal of damage, injury, and even death in just one single collision. While drivers are required to be properly trained and follow a set of safety procedures, they or their employers often fail to follow required safety practices in order to reduce their business expenses. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulators regularly score commercial vehicles and drivers. This system is meant to notify them when an unsafe trucker is on the road.
One of the problems with the regulatory rating problem is that a poor safety score for a truck or a driver is not enough to result in a poor safety rating for the carrier company under which they operate. Currently, there are certain carriers who have had a number of trucks or buses fail safety requirements and be in serious accidents, but the carrier hasn’t been penalized. Additionally, these carriers are still sending other vehicles onto the road. There will not be a substantial decrease in truck accidents as long as irresponsible carriers continue to operate without being punished for using dangerous trucks or employing reckless drivers.
NTSB Proposed Reforms
The NTSB observes the transportation industry and makes recommendations to law makers and regulatory bodies. However, it cannot impose new safety regulations on its own. The FMCSA regulates the trucking industry for the federal government, and some of the recommendations which it has received to improve safety include:
- Incorporate new scientifically-based fatigue mitigation strategies into service regulation
- Working with state transportation agencies to develop and implement better barriers that are to be placed along the sides of highways
- Update regulatory fitness ratings to allow for a poor vehicle or driver score to affect the score of the carrier employing or using the inadequate driver or truck
The High Incidence Of Trucking Accidents In Texas
Truck accidents have increased in the United States over the last several years, and Texas has more fatal truck accidents than any other state. The vast majority of truck accidents occur because the truck driver was driving recklessly, or because the driver or owner of the truck failed to properly maintain the vehicle’s safe driving conditions.
Some of the reasons why there are so many dangerous accidents in Texas include:
- The expansive oil, fracking, and agriculture industries have required a great number of large trucks to be present in the state. These trucks often have to use smaller and rural roads which are not built to safely support heavy truck traffic.
- Having many urban areas of dense population means that large trucks are constantly right next to small vehicles throughout the state’s busy roadways.
- Texas’ location in between the eastern and western United States, as well as on a large international border, results in more interstate truck traffic than other states.
A Lawyer Can Help If You Have Been Hurt In An Accident
Unsafe truckers cause serious accidents on Texas roadways all too frequently, and it’s clear that there is not enough being done to improve highway safety. The NTSB understands this problem and is working on ways to keep unsafe truckers off the roads, but you and your family will need immediate legal help if you have been hurt in a trucking accident. The Krist Law Firm, P.C. understands how devastating a truck accident can be, and we know how to recover proper compensation for you and your family.
Contact us today at (281) 283-8500 for a free case consultation.