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Truck safety week scheduled for October 16-22

Commercial truck drivers as well as drivers of passenger vehicles will be under heightened scrutiny during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver Week. Between Oct. 16 and 22, law enforcement agencies in Colorado and throughout North America will be working to prevent serious accidents by increasing their enforcement of traffic laws and providing traffic safety education.

The goal of Operation Safe Driver Week is to target CMV drivers and passenger car drivers who operate around CMVs and reduce the number of crashes that are caused by unsafe driving behaviors. According to the 'Large Truck Crash Causation Study" that was conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 88 percent of accidents that involve large trucks are caused by unsafe driver behavior. The same study found that unsafe driver behavior is the main cause of 93 percent of crashes that involve passenger cars.

During Operation Safe Driver Week, law enforcement officers will be paying special attention to unsafe driving behaviors such as distracted driving, speeding, failure to use a seat belt and failure to obey traffic signs. Behaviors like improper lane changes and use of unsafe following distances will also be tracked during the safety week.

When a truck driver's unsafe driving behavior causes an accident, people who are in other vehicles can sustain serious catastrophic injuries because of the sheer size and weight of semi trucks. They may want to have the assistance of an attorney in seeking compensation for their losses through a personal injury lawsuit filed against the negligent driver. In some cases it may be appropriate to name the trucking company itself as an additional defendant.

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