The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance recently announced its upcoming Operation Safe Driver Week, which will happen in Louisiana and across the nation from July 15 to July 21. During the week, commercial trucks will undergo in-depth inspections, and participating law enforcement agencies will be watching for unsafe driving behaviors by both large trucks and passenger cars.
According to the CVSA, the agency is focused on unsafe driving behavior because it is the leading cause of collisions. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that unsafe driving practices contribute to 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes and 88 percent of large truck crashes.
Operation Safe Driver Week is an annual event. In 2017, the week resulted in 39,000 warnings and citations given to commercial vehicle drivers. Most of the violations were moving violations under state and local laws. Speeding, not wearing safety belts, not obeying traffic control devices and using cell phones rounded out the top five. This year, law enforcement agencies will be focusing on a number of different unsafe driving behaviors, including distracted driving, speeding, improper lane changes, following too closely and others.
Most truck accidents could be avoided if the drivers of both the trucks and the passenger vehicles around them exercised appropriate caution while driving. People who are involved in collisions with large trucks are much more likely to suffer debilitating injuries or fatalities. Those who have been injured or lost loved ones in accidents that were caused by large trucks may want to consult with experienced trucking accident lawyers. The attorneys may review what happened and offer opinions about the potential claims. If they agree to accept the cases, they may conduct in-depth investigations so that they might uncover all of the potentially liable parties to name as defendants.