Virginia truck drivers should be on the alert in mid-July. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that Operation Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21. During the initiative, participating law enforcement officers will be on the patrol for commercial and passenger vehicle drivers who are exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes in the United States are caused by driver error or negligence. Meanwhile, 88 percent of large truck crashes are also blamed on driver behavior. In response to this data, the CVSA created the Operation Safe Driver Program to reduce driver-related motor vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities.
During Operation Safe Driver Week, officers will look for drivers who are operating their vehicles in an unsafe manner. Commonly ticketed offenses include speeding, tailgating, distracted driving, texting, failure to wear a seat belt, disobeying traffic signs and lights and improper lane changes. In 2017's Safe Driver Week, officers issued 39,000 tickets and warnings to commercial operators. Most violations were for state and local moving infractions, but citations were also handed out for speeding, failure to wear a seat belt, disobeying traffic signs and lights and using a cellphone. A small number of commercial drivers also received citations for operating while fatigued or ill.
When a commercial trucking accident is caused by negligent behaviors like speeding, distracted driving or truck driver fatigue, injured victims have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in court. This type of lawsuit could help an injured victim obtain a settlement for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Victims could begin the lawsuit process by speaking with an attorney.