Trucking Industry Regulations and Why They’re Sometimes Ignored

The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) sets regulations to provide a safe workplace for all workers. With the help of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the trucking industry has its own set of guidelines to keep truckers, and by extension other motorists, safe on the road.

Trucking Industry Regulations

In 2010, FMCSA introduced a new initiative aimed at increasing safety compliance. The initiative is a safety monitoring system called Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA), and it identifies carriers that are not meeting industry standards.

Collecting data from a variety of sources, CSA assigns points to seven areas:

  • Unsafe driving
  • Fatigued drivers and hours-of-service violations
  • Driver fitness
  • Controlled substances
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Cargo
  • Crash indicator

If a carrier fails to meet a certain threshold in these seven areas, FMCSA will investigate to ensure all safety standards are being met. The results of its CSA initiative are published publicly, greatly increasing the accountability of carriers and truckers to adhere to safe driving practices.

Why Truckers Violate Safety Standards

Despite federal regulations and safety monitoring, not all carriers and truckers drive safely. With truckers carrying nearly 67% of all freight tonnage moved in the U.S., truckers have tight deadlines. Some carriers and truckers believe heavy regulations are unnecessary and cut into their profit margins, so in the interest of meeting deadlines quickly rather than safely, safety standards can go ignored.

With cargo weighing up to 80,000 pounds, trucks have the potential to cause catastrophic damages in motor vehicle accidents. When truck drivers neglect to observe applicable safety standards, this causes thousands of deaths each year. With such great potential for harm, truckers have a responsibility to drive safely.

Experienced Houston Truck Accident Attorneys

If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a trucking accident, you need experienced attorneys who know the trucking industry and its regulations to properly evaluate your case. The attorneys at Craft Law Firm have helped victims across the country receive compensation due to the negligent actions of truck drivers. Call us today for a free consultation and to review your case.

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Top Causes of Texas Construction Accidents

A booming economy has led to many benefits for Texas. The construction industry in particular has seen massive growth over the past decade. However, with this growth, the number of Texas construction accidents has drastically risen, making Texas one of the top states for workplace accidents.

Leading the nation in safety violations, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has enrolled many Texas employers in the severe violators program where OSHA inspectors return to a jobsite more frequently for inspections. Despite this, hundreds of workers continue to die every year from construction accidents.

Top Causes of Texas Construction Accidents:

  • Safety Violations – In an effort to finish jobs on time and on budget, some employers cut corners. Skipping safety steps can take the form of failing to provide safety equipment like harnesses, railings, hard hats, gloves, etc. and/or failing to provide adequate signage regarding wet surfaces, live electrical wires, and other hazardous situations. Proper safety procedures and protocols are crucial to preventing construction injury accidents.
  • Inadequate Training – Due to the nature of the work, construction workers are exposed to more risk than workers in most other industries. Because of this, employers are required to properly train all employees. Proper training on equipment and safety protocols can drastically reduce the likelihood of an accident.
  • Heavy Machinery – Construction workers rely on heavy machinery to accomplish their jobs, but heavy machinery can be incredibly dangerous if not operated properly, or if unmaintained. Heavy machinery accidents can commonly cause amputation injuries and other catastrophic consequences.
  • Defective Tools – If the tools construction workers use to perform their jobs don’t work correctly, that can easily cause workers harm.

The Fatal Four In Construction Accidents

The majority of construction accidents fall into four categories, dubbed the “Fatal Four:” falls, caught in or between accidents, struck by accidents, and electrocution. OSHA estimates that eliminating the fatal four could save as many as 508 workers’ lives a year.

Craft Law Firm: Texas Construction Accident Attorneys

Every worker has the right to a safe workplace. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a construction accident, you have the right to seek compensation. Contact the experienced construction accident attorneys at Craft Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Honda Pilot, Other Midsize SUVs Fail Crash Test

Only two out of nine midsize SUVs evaluated earned a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap front crash test. The small overlap test replicates a front-end motor vehicle collision with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver’s side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph. [READ MORE]

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Range Rovers Recalled Due to Airbag Malfunctions

Land Rover has issued a recall for Range Rovers model years 2013-2014 due to airbag defects.  The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) connector in the vehicle may become disconnected under the driver and/or front passenger seats.  If the SRS connector becomes disconnected, the side airbags in the Range Rover may not deploy in the event of an accident, increasing the risk of serious danger to passengers in the front sheet of the vehicle. [READ MORE]

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Combi Child Seats Recalled

Three models of Combi child seats are being recalled due to failure to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for strength requirements.  The harness webbings on the affected models fail to meet the minimum breaking strength requirements.  During an accident, your child may not be adequately restrained.  [READ MORE]

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Chrysler Issues Another Recall

Chrysler has issued a recall for certain models of 2013 Chrysler 300 AWD, Dodge Charger AWD, and Dodge Ram 1500 equipped with ZF all wheel drive transmissions.  The vehicles affected have an increased risk of crash due to a faulty transmission output shaft that may fracture while driving causing immediate loss of power to your vehicle.  This defect might also cause a vehicle to roll even after the transmission is placed in park unless the parking brake it utilized. [READ MORE]

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