There are very few things as scary as sharing the road with a negligent or aggressive driver of a large commercial truck. One of the ways in which the federal government attempts to limit the number of dangerous drivers on the road is through tracking the safety score for the motor carrier. The agency that tracks this information is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The data that is collected is compiled as part of the Safety Measurement System (SMS). The information includes records of safety violations and inspection reports. If there are a series of moving violations and safety failures, as well as violations relating to Hours of Service (how many hours that a driver can operate a truck each week), then it can lead to a low rating for the motor carrier.
There are many shortcuts that are taken in the trucking industry in order to maximize profits. When these decisions lead to horrific crashes, the skilled Miami truck accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano know how to gather the evidence to demonstrate the culpability of the trucking company, as well as the driver. Our attorneys have more than 130 years of collective experience in developing effective cases to get compensation for truck accident victims. It is crucial to do everything possible to limit the number of dangerous trucks on the road to prevent serious accidents.
The FMCSA rating system is used by members of the public, trucking company watchdog groups, and companies that are considering hiring a particular motor carrier for hauling contracts. It is a valuable tool to track those companies that may not adhere to the right safety standards in order to apply additional pressure to force these individuals and companies to improve their practices. Now, trucking industry representatives are advocating to hide this data from the public.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is a group that advocates on behalf of the trucking industry. One of its current focuses is lobbying to hide the SMS data from the public, arguing that there is inconsistency between the enforcement of reporting that means some motor carriers are suffering from unfair ratings when compared to other companies whose negative reports do not make it to the compilation system as often. However, the ratings are only affected by reports of actual safety violations, moving violations, and inspection reports. Therefore, a low rating is the result of a series of actual infractions, so it does not matter what other motor carriers are doing. It is not a scale based on comparative wrongful acts. There is no reason to hide this data other than to conceal which motor carriers have a long history of unsafe practices.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Fights for Victims of Trucking Industry Negligence
The impact of a commercial truck accident often is extensive and tragic. When the accident has been caused by the negligence of a driver, the trucking company, or a combination of the two, the South Florida truck accident law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano will uncover the evidence necessary to obtain compensation for the victim’s injuries. With more than 30 years of experience, our law firm has extensive experience in discovering the violations and negligent acts that were the direct and proximate causes of the accident and resulting injuries. Our diligence has earned us a peer-reviewed AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating that a firm can receive. The Miami Herald also has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can learn about what happened to you and begin to help.