During the week of July 15 – 21, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will run Safe Driver Week with the goal of reducing unsafe vehicle behavior on America’s roadways. Police officers throughout Florida and the rest of the country will increase their enforcement of traffic violations such as speeding, following too closely and distracted driving. During Operation Safe Driver Week in 2017, more than 39,000 citations were given to commercial drivers.
Truck accidents cause a lot of fatalities and injuries in the United States every year. A study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that driver behavior was the critical cause behind 88 percent of large truck crashes. While not as common, some truck drivers get into accidents because they operate their vehicles while ill or fatigued.
Operation Safe Driver Week, which is sponsored by the CVSA and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, gets support from a variety of transportation safety organizations. In conjunction with traffic stops, event organizers plan to use educational opportunities to teach truck drivers about the results of using high-risk driving behaviors. Both tactics are designed to reduce the overall level of accidents on the nation’s highways.
Victims of truck accidents can incur severe medical, personal and property costs. The drivers who cause these accidents or the companies who own the vehicles may be considered liable. It’s the responsibility of an accident attorney to seek compensation for the victim through a settlement or legal action in court. Hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and pain and suffering are all things that may be covered by such action.