AAJ report reveals more than 28,000 motor carrier companies have violated federal safety regulations
A report recently released by the American Association for Justice has revealed that a new analysis of government data finds more than 28,000 motor carrier companies have violated federal safety regulations, operating more than 200,000 trucks. The report is based on data compiled by the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), which is maintained by the Federal Motor Carier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
An analysis of more than a million lines of data finds commuters are sharing the roads with trucks that have incurred thousands of safety violations, including defective brakes, bald tires, loads that dangerously exceed weight limits and drivers with little or no training or drug and alcohol dependencies.
FMCSA safety data is sobering:
- More than 4,000 people die every year in collisions with trucks and 80,000 more are seriously injured.
- Though trucks make up less than four percent of all passenger vehicles on U.S. roads, they are involved in 12 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.
- The vast majority of people killed in accidents with trucks are the drivers and passengers of the cars that get hit.
Negligence equals tragedy
In July 2009, Beasley Allen represented the family of a man killed in Elmore County, Alabama, when the van he was driving was crushed between two log trucks. The evidence showed that the truck that struck the Plaintiff’s vehicle was being operated at a high rate of speed, with inoperable and defective brakes, in violation of Alabama law. A Chilton County, Alabama, jury awarded the man’s family a verdict of $3.5 million as a result of evidence presented at trial.
“I am grateful to see that folks in Chilton County value human life and will not accept unsafe trucks traveling on Alabama highways harming its citizens,” said Beasley Allen attorney J. Cole Portis. “I know that this jury’s verdict will make a difference in the log truck industry.”
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