There are numerous rules and regulations that govern the use of commercial vehicles, many of which are designed to increase safety and reduce the odds of dangerous collisions. However, these rules may do little good if companies or drivers fail to strictly adhere to procedures. Recent reports indicate that trucking violations are far too common and, in some cases, involve safety hazards that could increase the chances that a dangerous trucking accident might occur.
Results from a recent study into trucking violations stemming from a roadblock across North America produced surprising results. Various violations were reported during the more than 60,000 commercial vehicle inspections that took place in the U.S. alone. Many of these violations pertained to issues that ultimately forced officials to render a multitude of trucks as out-of-service, such as issues with brake systems, tires and cargo suspensions.
Reports indicate that these violations did not only involve issues with vehicles, as nearly 1,200 violations were handed out for issues with hours of services for drivers. More than 700 violations were also issued for drivers who did not have the proper licenses to operate such vehicles. While these may include only a small sampling of the associated violations uncovered, such hazards may be imposing enough as is.
The presence of trucking violations may only increase the risk of dangerous accidents. Those who suffer severe harm under similar scenarios may face an understandable need for answers, or even justice. Following such an experience, a person in Georgia might wish to take the necessary steps to seek restitution through the civil justice system, and he or she could benefit from retaining the services of an attorney for guidance through every step of the process.