NTSB report cites several potential reasons for deadly trucking accident

Whenever a major trucking accident occurs, officials will perform extensive investigations to discover what actually caused the collision. State and federal government agencies will try to learn as much as possible about the crash, so that they can create new safety measures that will help reduce the chances that these accidents will happen again.

A recent report on a trucking accident by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) described the factors that led to six people dying in a 2011 crash. The accident occurred when a truck collided with an Amtrak train.

The NTSB review stated that the driver of the truck did not see that he was approaching a train crossing because he may have been fatigued, may have had faulty brakes or because he may have been using a cellphone. The agency was unable to definitively state why the driver did not stop before hitting the train, as evidence at the scene was inconclusive. The driver had also had a history of speeding violations, and may have been experiencing some health problems as well.

Trucking accidents and the FMCSA

This recent report also illustrates just how important the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is - which is the agency responsible for creating new rules geared toward reducing the number of trucking accidents on roadways throughout the country. As part of its safety initiatives, the FMCSA imposes harsh penalties on drivers and companies that do not comply with rules.

For instance, if drivers are found to be driving faulty equipment, or have safety repeat violations, the FMCSA can order the drivers or companies out of service. This means that companies will not be able to operate until they correct the underlying issues.

The agency is also trying to determine the role that a truck driver's physical health may play in causing trucking accidents. Some drivers may be out of shape, which can lead to problems such as sleep apnea and ultimately jeopardize others on the road.

This recently announced accident findings underscores how difficult it can be to determine what causes a collision to occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, it is important for you to know what you need to do next. Many people have never been through something like this before, and it might be an extremely confusing time. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand the options that are available for your situation.

Each individual's case will be different, and the amount of potential recovery will depend upon several factors. Never settle with an insurance company before you know the extent of your injuries. If you agree to their offer, you may be unable to recover the compensation you need. You have rights during this process, and it is crucial that you are able to make informed decisions about your future.