Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyer Backs Release of Data on Truck Safety Performance
Scranton, PA (PRWEB) December 15, 2010
Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer Marion Munley says that exposing a trucking companys history of safety violations could help curb the kind of dangerous truck driver behavior that puts other motorists at risk.
Munley, a truck accident attorney with the Pennsylvania personal injury law firm of Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., says a federal appeals courts decision last week to allow the online release of trucking company safety performance data is a victory for driver safety.
The courts ruling will allow truck safety information to be viewed by the public, and that should put more pressure on trucking companies to get their houses in order and get problem drivers off the road before they cause a serious 18-wheeler accident, says Munley, who has represented a number of victims of tractor trailer accidents and lectured around the country on truck accident litigation.
On December 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia cleared the way for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to move forward with publishing safety performance data online as part of its new national truck safety initiative, known as CSA 2010.
A group of small trucking companies had sued to prevent the release of the safety data in the case National Assn. of Small Trucking Companies, et al. v. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin. (No. 10-1-1402).
The new federal CSA 2010 program initially called Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, but now known as Compliance, Safety, Accountability 2010 was developed to identify dangerous truck drivers, negligent trucking companies and unsafe tractor-trailers, semis and 18 wheelers before they cause deadly accidents.
While truck accident fatalities have trended downward, the number of deadly accidents involving large trucks far exceeds the proportion of trucks on the nations highways, according to federal crash statistics.
The program measures the safety performance of commercial truck drivers and trucking companies in new ways, incorporating roadside inspections and crash data to pinpoint safety problems. But some commercial carriers have argued that the data does not accurately reflect their safety performance and its publication will cause them irreparable harm.
The irreparable harm that I am most concerned about is the devastation caused by unsafe trucks and careless trucking companies, Munley says. More than 80 percent of the people killed in large truck accidents each year are people in other vehicles. We see innocent motorists seriously injured and permanently disabled by truck accidents.
Munley says records of safety violations and driver performance will provide compelling evidence of negligence about derelict trucking companies.
The data will show whether trucking companies disregarded at-risk behaviors that lead to crashes, such as speeding, fatigued driving, hours-of-service violations, impaired driving, overloading, improperly securing loads and failing to inspect and repair mechanical problems, such as misadjusted brakes or improperly inflated tires.
About Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C.
Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C. is a Pennsylvania truck accident law firm that represents tractor trailer accident victims throughout the Northeast, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The firm has an extensive record of successful verdicts and settlement, and its truck accident attorneys have been nationally recognized for their expertise in state and federal trucking regulations. To learn more about the firms truck accident litigation team, call (800) 318-LAW1 or use its online form.