Earlier this year, Farmer Cline & Campbell was awarded the esteemed 2014 Litigator Award. This honor is granted only to the top one percent of trial attorneys and firms nationally.
Nearly 10 years ago, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began the regulatory process tied to implementation of a specific part of the agency's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. Regulatory actions are often notoriously delayed, so it comes as little surprise that the Safety Fitness Determination element of the CSA has yet to be implemented. However, it seems that this important part of the CSA may soon be affecting commercial drivers nationwide.
In our last post, we began a discussion of the frustrating fact that it is not always possible to make steady progress towards the goal of ensuring that the American public remains safe while on the road. We mentioned that one factor complicating motor vehicle safety trends is the unfortunate rollback of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s revised hours of service requirement. This requirement was designed to reduce truck driver fatigue and to reduce the prevalence of fatigue-related truck accidents.
It can be truly discouraging when progress is not being made in regards to important issues. Americans expect our lawmakers, medical researchers, scientists, educators and a host of other professionals to make steady progress towards improving the common good. And perhaps there is no greater expectation of progress than that placed upon safety regulators. When ensuring the safety of the public is a safety agency’s primary task, Americans expect steady progress towards that goal.
Have you seen more truck drivers yawning while driving lately? Earlier this month, the president signed into law the most recent federal appropriations bill. Many lawmakers took advantage of several political and timing opportunities provided by this bill’s process and tucked pet projects into the depths of the law. One of these pet projects advanced by Sen. Susan Collins involves rolling back certain trucking regulations initiated by the Department of Transportation in the summer of 2013.
Perhaps you have never driven while drunk. You take great care to never get behind the wheel while you are drowsy and you never use your cellphone while you are driving. You even refuse to drive when you are upset or otherwise mentally distracted. Even if you are the kind of motorist that everyone should model themselves after, you may one day find yourself barreling towards the rear of a large commercial truck without enough time to safely avoid impact. Due to brake failure, icy roads or some other factor, you cannot stop the accident that is about to occur.