July 14-20, 2019 was set as "Operation Safe Driver Week" all across the nation. Many different law enforcement agencies engaged in heightened traffic safety enforcement for drivers of both passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles.
According to a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, unsafe driving is a leading cause of auto accidents. Unsafe driver behavior is a factor in 88 percent of crashes involving large trucks and 93 percent of passenger-vehicle accidents. The ultimate goal of Operation Safe Driver Week will be to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities that are caused by drivers who operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner.
Law enforcement officers specifically focused on drivers or passengers who speed, do not use their seat belt or become distracted while operating a vehicle. Additionally, those who drive to close other vehicles, commit improper lane changes or fail to obey traffic control devices may also be targeted.
Truck drivers can potentially cause a semi-truck accidents if they are driving in an unsafe manner. Because they are often driving long distances over several days, they may potentially be more likely to fall asleep at the wheel or become distracted with their phones. If an accident does occur, those who are in passenger vehicles may be at risk for suffering serious injuries. Those who do suffer injuries may want to have the help of an attorney when seeking compensation through a lawsuit. An attorney may gather evidence such as trucking logs and cellphone records that proves that the truck driver was responsible for causing the crash.