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Operation Safe Driver Week to begin on Oct. 16

Accidents involving tractor-trailers kill or seriously injure thousands of road users every year, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the agency responsible for reducing these accidents and ensuring that the nation's commercial vehicles are maintained properly and operated in a safe manner. One of the agency's most important initiatives is Operation Safe Driver Week, which is scheduled to begin on Oct. 16 in Texas and nationwide.

During Operation Safe Driver Week law enforcement agencies across the country will clamp down on commercial vehicle violations and cite truck drivers who operate their vehicles recklessly or ignore federal hours of service regulations. Data from the FMCSA indicates that unsafe driver behavior is the cause of 88 percent of commercial vehicle accidents.

During the initiative, police will be paying particular attention to truck drivers who use electronic devices while behind the wheel or fail to fasten their seat belts. Commercial vehicle drivers who make unsafe lane changes or fail to obey traffic signals will also face citations. Many truck accidents are caused by impatient or reckless passenger vehicle drivers who cut large trucks off or attempt unsafe passing maneuvers, and this kind of behavior will also be clamped down on during the initiative.

Commercial vehicle accidents involving distracted or drowsy truck drivers can be particularly horrific, and road users injured in this type of crash are often unable to earn a living for lengthy periods. In these situations, personal injury attorneys will generally initiate litigation on behalf of accident victims against the negligent truck drivers involved, but lawsuits may also be filed against truck operators when federal regulations designed to prevent driver fatigue are ignored. Trucking companies could also be sued when accidents are caused by poorly maintained vehicles or untrained drivers.

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