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
- 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.