The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that was enacted to improve the safety of commercial motor vehicles. The agency develops and enforces regulations to balance safety and efficiency. It also provides trucking companies and truck drivers with guidance on how to improve safety and avoid accidents. If FMCSA safety standards are properly implemented, the likelihood of a New Mexico car accident may be reduced.
Some of the easiest and most basic ways commercial motor vehicle drivers can avoid an accident is to load all cargo carefully and evenly. Drivers should take steps to ensure that their cargo is loaded securely and will remain that way throughout the entirety of the trip. Further, truck drivers should take the time to become very familiar with their trucks, including knowing where all blind spots are located and the stopping distance of the truck under regular circumstances.
Drivers should also ensure that their trucks are in proper working order before embarking on any trip. This means inspecting their vehicles and making sure that it is up to all current safety standards. Moreover, truck drivers have an awareness of the traffic and safety rules of all the states they will be traveling through.