Warning! Safety Violations Ahead: Motor Carrier Companies Keep Unsafe Trucks on U.S. Roads

by: Prince, Glover & Hayes Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Part II

Researchers at the American Association for Justice examined over a million lines of data on the entire U.S. trucking industry obtained from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The results are shocking. As of April 2009, there were more than 28,000 trucking companies, representing more than 200,000 trucks, operating on U.S. roads with safety violations. And there is every reason to believe this is just the tip of the iceberg.

West Virginia, North Dakota, Nebraska, Vermont, and Iowa have the highest rate of companies in violation of federal safety requirements. The effects of these violations are deadly. While truck accidents occur for a variety of reasons, many are preventable, and often a direct result of trucking companies violation safety standards to cut corners and maximize profits.

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