As part of my efforts to raise awareness on dangerous truck companies in America with the general public and truck accident attorneys, I recently posted a step-by-step guide to finding unsafe motor carriers.
The presentation below shows you exactly how to use SafeStat, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Web site that details the Department of Transportation’s assessment of a truck company’s regulatory compliance:
(You can visit our truck accident attorney Web page for a list of who can use SafeStat and how it’s helpful).
Meanwhile, I’d like to give a shout out to my personal friend Morgan Adams, an excellent truck accident lawyer, and current chair of the American Association for Justice Interstate Truck Litigation Group. Morgan e-mailed me a very pointed observation after reviewing my SafeStat presentation. On the overview tab on slide 7 about Safety Evaluation Areas (SEAs), we noted that SEAs are ranked on a scale of 1 to 100, with higher scores equaling a non compliant safety history. A score of 75 plus indicates a very deficient truck company that is subject to increased inspections.
When discussing driver safety, Morgan made an important insight that really helps put these scores in a context that everyone can better understand. A truck driver safety value of 53 is, technically, “OK.” But is it really? Especially when a truck driver is behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound vehicle on our roads?
“I would never say that 50 percent is OK. Are you OK in school at 50 percent?”
Morgan’s remark is important for everyone – not just truck accident lawyers – to understand. We should never be complacent about safety. We as truck accident attorneys must continue to demand safer laws and regulations for the trucking industry. As I said yesterday, a good start is considering suing load brokers and others that are putting out of service trucks on the roads with unqualified drivers behind the wheel, without regard to the safety on our roads to save a few cents per mile.
– Steven M. Gursten is recognized as one of the nation’s top attorneys handling in serious truck accident injury cases. He is on the board of governors for the Association of Plaintiffs Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and past president of the American Association for Justice Truck Litigation Group. Recently, he was named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law for his tireless efforts to hold trucking companies accountable for negligence.
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