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Truck Inspections Save Thousands of Lives, Says FMCSA Report

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) annual Roadside Intervention Effectiveness Model (RIEM) analysis, roadside truck safety inspections saved approximately 7,000 lives and prevented more than 9,000 injuries between 2001 and 2012. More than 3.5 million of these inspections are conducted each year in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories.

The FMCSA developed RIEM as a tool to measure and analyze the effectiveness of roadside safety inspection programs and activities in terms of:

  • Crashes avoided;
  • Injuries prevented; and
  • Lives saved.

The traffic enforcement program for commercial vehicles comprises two activities. The first is the traffic stop by a law enforcement officer resulting from a traffic violation. The second is the roadside inspection. The FMCSA has developed a free Large Truck and Bus Traffic Enforcement Training program in order to support the majority of traffic enforcement officers who do not have commercial vehicle safety inspection certification.

The program considers safety inspectors “interventionists” who remove work to remove hazardous trucks and drivers from roadways. The RIEM assigns each violation of a safety regulation with a specific crash probability, allowing analysis to approximate the number of crashes avoided by correcting these violations.

State, federal, and municipal commercial vehicle safety inspectors are trained and certified to conduct thousands of unannounced inspections on a daily basis. Commercial vehicles or buses that do not pass the inspection are immediately taken out of service, as are commercial drivers who are not compliant with safety requirements. This effectively gets risky drivers off the road, thereby protecting the rest of the motoring public.

When truck companies and their drivers fail to abode by critical safety standards, they can cause serious accidents. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a truck accident, please speak with a Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC truck accident lawyer at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. Our attorneys are prepared to hold negligent truckers accountable for ignoring FMCSA regulations and to fight for the maximum compensation you need for a full recovery.

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