Law enforcement getting ready to monitor unsafe drivers

Operation Safe Driver Week will be held from July 15 to 21. It is run by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance with law enforcement officials in Texas and throughout the nation looking for unsafe drivers. Authorities are looking for unsafe behaviors from both commercial and passenger vehicle drivers in an effort to cut down on the number of accidents on the road. According to a study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the vast majority of accidents happen because of driver error.

Specifically, 88 percent of commercial crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle accidents are caused by a driver's actions. During Operation Safe Driver Week, law enforcement officers will be targeting those who follow too closely, drive too fast or make improper lane changes. They will also be watching for those who don't wear a seat belt or who are using a phone while operating a car or truck.

During the 2017 event, there were roughly 39,000 citations and warnings given to commercial drivers. Of those, only 18 citations were given for driving while tired or sick while another 81 received warnings. Drivers were warned or cited for committing violations such as not wearing a seat belt or using a phone while driving. Moving violations were the most common reason for a warning or citation.

Drivers who are tired or distracted when truck accidents occur may be deemed liable for any injuries a victim incurs. An attorney may use cellphone records or physical evidence from a crash site to establish that a truck driver was negligent in causing an accident to occur. In some cases, the driver's employer or other parties might be deemed negligent as well. Injured victims may be able to receive compensation for lost wages or lost earnings from these parties.

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