New Regulations to Prevent Truck Crashes
Written by greg on April 14, 2012
Whenever there is a new account of a semi-truck accident the conversation among ‘civilians’ inevitably turns to accusations against ‘government officials’ who seem to be ineffective in curbing this problem. In fact, even though it may appear that the government is unaware of or unresponsive to the problem of tractor-trailer truck accidents – research and legislation are regularly ongoing with regard to the topic.
For instance, the United States Senate recently passed MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) – a transportation bill that encumbers $109 billion dollars over the next two years that includes a number of trucking safety provisions intended to reduce truck accidents on our highways by influencing the ways in which drivers and carriers conduct business.
Among its mandates are requirements for electronic onboard recorders, a clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results, and a written proficiency exam for new drivers. In addition, MAP-21 empowers the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association with the authority to bar truck drivers who not meet and maintain safety standards.
And that’s not all. The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) would also be given the authority to create rules that set safety fitness requirements for drivers and eventually be permitted to actually bar drivers for up to a year if they fail to meet these requirements.
Now that’s a law we all need to support!
Greg Baumgartner is a truck wreck lawyer and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, which is dedicated to helping personal injury victims seek civil justice. If you would like to speak with a trucking accident attorney call the Baumgartner firm.