The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) helps to keep the nation’s roadways safe from the potential dangers that big trucks pose to truck drivers and other motorists. To accomplish that, the FMCSA created a comprehensive set of regulations that everyone in the trucking industry must follow, from companies and owners to drivers and loaders.
While the FMCSA’s strict regulations help reduce the risk of accidents, those regulations are only effective when followed by those in the trucking industry and when enforced by local police, state troopers, and sheriff’s offices.
However, drivers also can create a stricter atmosphere of compliance for the trucking industry by reporting potential violations. The FMCSA has two methods of collecting information and tips from drivers who experience safety, service, or discrimination issues with trucking companies:
- Call the FMCSA – You can report safety violations over the phone by calling 1-888-DOT-SAFT (368-7238) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.
- Submit an online complaint – Use the FMCSA’s National Consumer Complaint Database to file a complaint against a moving, bus, truck, or cargo tank facility company.
If a trucking industry violation caused an accident that injured you or a loved one, you have an additional method of recourse: filing a claim for compensation. But because the trucking industry is protected by powerful insurance companies, it’s important to have a powerful law firm on your side.