November 25, 2013
Large commercial trucks present a greater risk to motorists on the highway than ever before, considering an increase in the number of accidents reported truck accidents last year. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates an estimated 25,000 truck accidents occurred in 2012. The Truck Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices point out this was an 8.7 percent increase over 2011.
In an effort to curb the growing number of accidents involving commercial tractor-trailers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has launched a Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP). Officials say the program has successfully helped reduce accident numbers in the transportation industry by providing employers with vital information that can be used to determine if they should hire certain drivers.
The program supplies employers with a database of information that includes a five-year crash history and three-year inspection history on all registered drivers. So far, the program has been seen as a success. Researchers have shown use of the PSP has significantly reduced accident rates.
William Mattar is a Personal Injury Lawyer who recognizes just how devastating the results of accidents involving commercial trucks can be. That is why the firm is hopeful more trucking companies will begin using the PSP to ensure they hire the safest drivers available.