An experienced truck accident attorney in Houston knows that drivers might want to use extra caution on June 5, 6, and 7. That's because these are considered the three days in the year with the most truck wrecks.
The reason: These days come after the three day "International Roadcheck" program, when commercial vehicle inspectors throughout the United States perform inspections. Nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected every hour across North American during this 72-hour period between June 2 and June 4.
The program, which started in 1988, consists of 10,000 inspectors who take a close look at trucks and buses on the road during that time, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, a nonprofit organization that consists of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials. The inspections are conducted in the U.S. as well as Canada and Mexico, according to the CVSA, which coordinates the program with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.
We know that many truckers will take time off on those three days, and then will try to make up the days, miles and money lost. With so many trucks on the road June 5, June 6 and June 7, the chance of getting into a truck accident may be greater than any other time period during the year.
We support the International Roadcheck program - and it's frustrating that truckers will stay off the road to avoid these inspections. The CVSA estimates that the program has resulted in 318 lives being saved and 5,840 injuries being avoided.
During the 72-hour period, inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at drivers and others within the trucking industry. This year, Roadcheck is emphasizing the importance of cargo securement. According to CVSA, the organization is highlighting cargo safety as a reminder to drivers and carriers. Federal regulations require drivers to stop early into a trip to recheck tie downs and other load securing equipment. We know that insecure cargo is one of the top factors in trucking accidents, so these types of inspections may save lives.
During the days immediately following International Roadcheck, it's important to use extra caution on Texas roads and highways. An accident with a big rig or 18-wheeler can happen very quickly, and could result in catastrophic injuries or a fatality.
If you or a loved one is injured in a trucking accident, contact the Law Offices of Gene S. Hagood as soon as possible for a free consultation. Attorney Hagood has years of experience handling truck accident cases. He has won significant verdicts secured large settlements on behalf of clients who have suffered losses after truck wrecks.
In the hours after an accident, the trucking company and its insurance carrier typically will send investigators to the scene to find ways to limit the liability of the truck driver and the company. You will need someone investigating on your behalf, protecting your interests. You will need Gene S. Hagood.
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