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Who's Watching the Watchdog?

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In 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established to “improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicles.”

Yet, in 2012, there were more than 317,000 crashes that involved large commercial trucks. Almost 4,000 people were killed and more than 104,000 people were injured in truck crashes, an increase from the number of victims from the year before.

An investigation completed earlier this year has revealed some serious flaws in the FMCSA’s tracking system. The investigation, conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), discovered that the main system the agency uses to track dangerous carriers may not contain all the data necessary to keep these companies off the roads.

The data the FMCSA uses is collected from both road-side inspections and after truck accidents. But the GAO found that there is a serious lack of road-side inspections being performed to use this data as a determinant.

Many companies also don’t keep accurate records, nor do they respond to government requests for required information. Despite federal requirement for all carries to submit MCS-150 forms, less than half of the carries in the U.S. have complied.

Even more unsettling is that only 10 states are currently participating in the FMCSA’s Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program because the agency has still not provided software programs and training to the other 40 states.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a tractor trailer crash, contact a North Carolina personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.

Randy E. Appleton
Elizabeth City & Outer Banks Personal Injury Lawyer
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