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

by: Prince, Glover & Hayes Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Part VII

Researchers at the American Association for Justice examined data on the entire U.S. trucking industry obtained form the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Over a million lines of data were analyzed in an effort to pinpoint just how many unsafe trucks might be on the road. 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.

Trucking Company Safety Violations
Companies: 28,274
Trucks: 211,542
Buses: 48,616
Hazmat Companies: 2,226

The unsafe trucking companies listed in the report run the gamut from small fleets to large, and include tractor-trailers, cargo tank trucks, motor coaches, school buses, and more than 2,000 Hazmat companies.

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