The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces trucking safety regulations through its Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program. This program was designed to help prevent trucking accidents caused by truck drivers who sometimes violate these regulations, as well as the trucking companies who employ these drivers.
17 Common CSA Violations
Through the CSA program, the FMCSA identifies the most common truck safety violations, which include moving violations such as:
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Making improper lane changes
- Reckless driving
- Making improper turns
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Railroad grade crossing violations
- Failure to obey a traffic control device
The FMCSA also identifies other violations, including:
- Failing to use a seat belt while operating a commercial vehicle
- Using a handheld mobile telephone while operating a commercial vehicle
- Having an unauthorized passenger in the commercial vehicle
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Driving while in possession of intoxicating beverages (that are not cargo)
- Having missing or defective wheel flaps (also known as mud flaps)
- Failing to secure the vehicle’s equipment or load
- Failing to ensure the driver did a pre-trip inspection
- Failing to have proper placement of warning devices
Identifying the most common CSA violations allows the government, trucking companies, and other interested parties to focus education and safety efforts on the safety issues with the greatest need.
Contact Us If You’ve Been in a Truck Accident
Your truck accident may have been caused by a common violation. However, you may not know what caused your crash at the accident scene. Additionally, it is often difficult to determine if a CSA violation occurred if you’re without legal representation.
Attorney Coy H. Browning is a former Florida State Trooper and an experienced truck accident lawyer. He will find out exactly why your accident happened and pursue your fair recovery from the right parties. This compensation may include past and future medical costs, lost income, out- of-pocket expenses, and pain and suffering. To learn more, please contact The Browning Law Firm today for a free, no-obligation consultation.