FindLaw KnowledgeBasePublished: 2012-04-30
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently launched the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program. The program is aimed at analyzing safety based violations from crash data to address unsafe practices with specific commercial carriers and “empower them to take action before safety problems occur” according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The program has already had an impact. The commercial trucking industry has started taking the process of hiring drivers more seriously, focusing on qualifications and using various forms of technology to aid in both the recruiting and hiring process.
Ultimately, the program is designed to decrease the number of accidents involving commercial trucks on the nation’s roadways. Truck accidents can be particularly devastating due to their massive weight and size disparity compared to smaller passenger vehicles; these types of collisions often lead to serious or fatal injuries.
Details of Compliance Safety Accountability Enforcement Program
The CSA works to increase the safety of roadways as the centerpiece of the Safety Measurement System. The program examines a number of carrier infractions including unsafe driving, fatigued driving and controlled substance violations.
The program allows state law enforcement officers to review this information and employ intervention measures to high-risk carriers in an attempt to aid them in changing unsafe practices. This includes the use of:
- Warning letters
- Roadside inspections
- Compliance reviews
If a commercial carrier is not in compliance, the FMCSA “will invoke strong civil penalties” according to a press release from the Department of Transportation.
Presence of this program may increase commercial truck driver’s duty to safely operate. If a driver or company violates this duty and negligently causes an accident they may be held liable for resulting injuries. As a result, victims would likely be entitled to compensation for medical and rehabilitative costs as well as pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident involving a commercial truck, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney experienced in truck wreck matters to ensure all you legal rights and remedies are protected.