The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association promotes strategies that truck drivers and truck companies can use to help reduce the risks of accidents and injuries in certain situations. We’ll continue our earlier discussion of truck accident countermeasures case studies this week, with the understanding that the information is intended to be general in nature and not as specific legal advice.
One truck company based in a neighboring state found that a high number of accidents were occurring within the same few miles of road heading west near the end of the day. The company interviewed a number of drivers and managers and learned that their drivers were being blinded by the setting sun as they reached the top of a hill. As a countermeasure, the company changed the times at which it sent drivers out on this route, so they were not driving in that spot right around sunset. The accidents ceased.
In a number of other cases, truck companies identified a heightened accident rate during poor weather conditions. One responded by conducting mandatory 4-hour safety meetings and paying their drivers to participate; another implemented a similar program with an incentive bonus for drivers who avoided any accidents after attending a training. Both saw their accident rates improve significantly.
The FMCSA tracks many successful cases of accident countermeasures, showing that truck companies can take action in diverse circumstances to protect the safety of all drivers on the road. If a non-commercial driver is injured in a truck accident, and it turns out that a negligent truck company was aware of a hazardous situation and failed to take appropriate countermeasures, a legal professional can help make this important argument as part of a personal injury case.
Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “A Motor Carrier’s Guide to Improving Highway Safety,” accessed on March 30, 2018