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Operation Safe Driver Week targeted speeding drivers

Over the summer, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance teamed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct its annual Operation Safe Driver Week. During the weeklong event, which took place from July 14-20, law enforcement officers from New Jersey and other states issued citations to both passenger and commercial drivers for a variety of traffic violations.

Speeding has been a contributing factor in over 25% of all fatal crashes in the U.S. since 2008, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute. To help reduce that trend, the CVSA chose to place special focus on speeding during this year's initiative. During the event, officers issued 17,556 citations for speeding or driving too fast for conditions, making it the most cited violation of 2019's initiative. Of those citations, 1,454 were issued to drivers of big rigs and other commercial vehicles.

Other violations commercial drivers were cited for include failure to wear a seat belt, failure to obey a traffic control device, improper lane changes, following other vehicles too closely, possession or use of alcohol or drugs while driving, improper passing, careless or reckless driving and operating a commercial vehicle while ill or fatigued. In total, officers issued 46,752 citations and 87,624 warnings for passenger and commercial drivers during the event.

Victims of truck accidents often suffer catastrophic injuries that lead to permanent disabilities. In order to recover compensation for their losses, some victims might find it necessary to take legal action against the truck driver who struck them. This could help the victim obtain a financial settlement for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other crash-related damages. A personal injury attorney could assess an injured victim's claim and explain all potential legal remedies.

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