How safe are large trucks? Has this thought ever crossed your mind as you passed truck after truck on the freeway? The trucking industry wants you to believe one thing about truck safety, but its time you know the truth.
The American Association for Justice (AAJ) created an eye-opening report, “Warning! Safety Violations Ahead: Motor Carrier Companies Keep Unsafe Trucks on U.S. Roads.” According to the AAJ, of the more than 9 million trucks on U.S. roadways, many are “in serious violation of federal safety standards.” The report mentions the following violations that seem to occur:
- Overloaded trucks
- Unqualified or untrained truckers
- Poor maintenance of tires and brakes
- Compensation systems that encourage truckers to speed and drive long hours
Many would suggest that trucking companies are violating safety standards to maximize their profits. AAJ researchers attempted to get to the bottom of truck safety. They analyzed a million lines of data on the U.S. trucking industry. What researchers discovered is unsettling. As of April 2009:
You can view more information by visiting, www.justice.org/trucksafetyviolations.
What this information means to you.
If you or a family member has been hurt in a Southern California truck accident, you need to find out what caused the crash. If there were truck safety violations or some other form of negligence, you may be able to recover compensation.
It is imperative that you speak with an experienced San Bernardino truck accident attorney right away. A lawyer will be able to review your case and advise you on your legal options. Time is of the essence, as there is a deadline as to when you can file a truck accident claim in California.
For more information, contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers by calling (800) 989-6385 or filling out our online form.
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