Drivers in Arizona and across the nation should be aware that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has scheduled its Operation Safe Driver Week for June 15. This annual event is a collaboration between the CVSA, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and various transportation safety organizations. The Operation Safe Driver Program was created as part of the effort to reduce highway injuries and fatalities on America's roads.
The FMCSA has stated that unsafe driving behavior is the leading cause of all highway crashes. It is to blame for 93 percent of all large truck crashes and 88 percent of crashes with passenger vehicles. During Operation Safe Driver Week, the CVSA and local enforcement personnel will be cracking down on all forms of unsafe driving, including texting while driving, improper lane changes and failure to obey traffic control devices.
Last year's Operation Safe Driver Week ended with nearly 39,000 citations and warnings issued to commercial vehicle drivers, most for moving violations like failure to wear a seat belt, speeding or using a cellphone. Though drowsy driving is a perennial problem among truckers, only 18 were issued citations for driving while fatigued or ill. Eighty-six received warnings.
In the aftermath of motor vehicle accidents, victims may choose to see a lawyer to determine if they are eligible for compensation under personal injury law. The lawyer may first have the case investigated to determine the reason for the other driver's negligent behavior. For example, if a drowsy truck driver caused the accident, investigators might discover in the work log that the driver violated hours-of-service guidelines.
If the victim partly contributed to the accident, for example by not wearing a seat belt, this will lower the potential settlement. The lawyer is still essential when it comes to negotiating for that settlement with the trucking company.