Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its 2011 - 2016 Strategic Plan and asked for public comments. Interested parties, including people who have been hurt in Marietta truck accidents or who are concerned about Georgia tractor trailer crashes, have until July 29, 2011 to leave their comments for the FMCSA to consider.

The Purpose of the Proposed Plan

The FMSCA has been clear and unequivocal in its stated purpose for its five year strategic plan. The agency considers safety to be its highest priority. To that end, it seeks to:
  • Raise the bar to become a truck driver
  • Maintain high safety standards for truckers to remain in the industry
  • Remove high risk carriers and drivers from operation

To achieve these goals, the agency has proposed specific methods of achieving its stated purpose. For example, if the proposed plan is formally adopted then information about specific incidents will be provided to carriers more quickly, the pre-employment screening will become more rigorous, and the government could have the authority to determine whether an individual truck driver is fit to continue driving.

What to Do When a Marietta Truck Crash Occurs

In order for the strategic plan to work, the FMCSA must be aware of all truck accidents so that accurate information can be used in safety evaluations. Additionally, individual truck accident victims may have the right to recover damages.

For more information about your rights if you've been hurt in a Marietta tractor trailer accident, please call a Marietta truck attorney at 1.770.518.1133.
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