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Teamsters Raise Safety Concerns about International Trucking

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 14, 2012

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced a pilot program that would open the U.S.’s southern border to Mexican trucks and truck drivers shipping goods into the United States. In response, the Teamsters Union argued the program ought to be halted because it puts U.S. motorists at increased risk of accident and injury.

Many experienced attorneys have noticed that truck driver error accidents often result from a driver’s or company’s failure to follow federal safety regulations. Regulations on basic driver health are key, as are regulations that require trucks to meet certain clean-air requirements in order to reduce the risk of asthma and other illnesses among the general population. The FMCSA and DOT pilot program, however, would allow Mexican trucking companies to fall short of U.S. rules in these areas, as long as the trucks and their drivers met Mexico’s requirements.

In court, the Teamsters Union argued that failing to hold Mexican shippers to the same standards as U.S. shippers would put U.S. motorists at an increased risk of being involved in a serious truck crash. The union was particularly concerned about Mexican regulations that didn’t require the same level of basic health for Mexican drivers. Health problems can lead to serious accidents behind the wheel.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, please don’t hesitate to call the diligent Washington truck accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. to learn more about your legal rights and options. Our number is (888) 228-3860; call us today for a free and confidential consultation.

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