Trucking accidents remain a serious problem in Arkansas, and officials want to understand more about the factors leading up to these crashes.
Several agencies are committed to reducing the number of tricking accidents occurring throughout the United States. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the main watchdog of the trucking industry. They are the ones tasked with carrying out investigations when companies place motorists at risk due to unsafe behaviors.
While the FMCSA has passed several new regulations recently that help remove trucking companies from the road, the agency does not have the resources available to catch all offenders. Some companies try to conceal the fact that they have had multiple safety violations, so that they can still remain in operation. They might have licenses in several states, and keep one clean in an effort to stay of regulators. They simply submit the other licenses to police or other officials when they are cited in involved in a trucking accident.
Other companies might use even more deceptive methods to continue operating. Those companies that receive several tickets or other punishments for safety violations can have their operating certificates revoked. They are ordered out of service until they can prove that they have corrected all of the issues.
Instead of making the required changes, the companies will end up closing their business. They will then reopen under a different name, using the same equipment and drivers in the new business. These so-called "chameleon carriers" have long been a problem that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been trying to address.
As officials determine how best to crackdown on the most dangerous offenders, motorists need to be especially careful when traveling on Arkansas roadways. There has been an increase in tractor-trailer traffic in the state, especially on rural roadways. These trucks are traveling to and from farms and jobsites, and it has resulted in more accidents happening in these locations.
A recent study by TRIP, a transportation research group, revealed that non-Interstate roads in Arkansas experienced 2.71 deaths for every 100,000 miles, which ranked as the fifth highest fatality rate in the country. The study emphasizes that the roads were not designed to handle the amount of traffic they are experiencing each day, and changes may need to be made in order to improve safety.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about your next steps. Many people injured in these crashes need extensive recovery time, and if you are in this situation, you need to have a clear understanding of the types of compensation available to you. Your attorney can offer you the guidance you need when you start receiving offers to settle your case.
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