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Operation Safe Driver Week to target speeding truckers

In an effort to reduce speed-related truck accidents, law enforcement officers in Arizona and across the United States will soon participate in Operation Safe Driver Week, which is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The annual event, which is slated for July 14-20 this year, will target drivers of commercial and passenger vehicles who are speeding or committing other types of traffic violations.

Statistics from several agencies show that speeding is a significant problem on U.S. roads. For instance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that speed was a contributing factor in 94 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in 2015. Meanwhile, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that speeding was the top cause of driver-related accidents for both large commercial trucks and passenger vehicles in 2016. Finally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute says that speed has played a role in more than 25 percent of traffic fatalities since 2008.

Because speed is such a safety issue, CVSA has chosen to specifically focus on speeders during this year's Operation Safe Driver Week. During the 2018 initiative, law enforcement officers issued 57,405 citations. Of those, nearly 19,000 were for speeding. Other violations included distracted driving, texting while driving, improper lane changes, reckless driving, failure to use a seat belt and impaired driving.

Truck drivers who cause a trucking accident could be sued by victims who are injured as a result of the crash. For example, if a speeding trucker collides with a passenger vehicle and injures its occupants, an attorney could file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver on the victims' behalf. If the claim is successful, a court could order the driver to pay a settlement that covers the victims' medical expenses, lost wages and other losses related to the crash.

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