You may have seen a dangerous truck driver and wondered if they ever got caught. You have several options to report these people who make the road a dangerous place. It is never a good idea to try and teach a lesson to the driver on the road. It makes the drive unsafe for you and everyone around. However, that does not mean you should ignore them and sit quietly.
Every year, thousands of people lose their lives due to negligent truck drivers. If preventive measures were taken, each of them could have been avoided. You have a legal right to report unsafe drivers. If you are injured in a trucking accident, consult with a team of RSH Legal – Iowa Personal Injury Lawyers today.
- File a complaint with the FMCSA.
The first thing you do is report it to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This agency keeps a record of trucking across the states of America. There are two ways to file a complaint. You can visit the website and fill out the application form online or you can directly contact them by calling. After you submit the complaint, it becomes a part of the company’s permanent record. The FMCSA looks into the matter seriously and makes sure there are no more accidents, and the road is as safe as possible.
- File a report with the trucking company.
The second option is to report the matter to the trucking company. You can easily get the company’s contact number, as they often post on their truck’s tire flaps or bumpers. You can see a sign saying, ‘How’s my driving?’ at the back of the truck. It is mentioned there so that people who find the driver unsafe can call and report the issue. It is highly recommended to file the report with the FMCSA first if you choose to report the matter to the trucking company.
- Contact the highway patrol.
If you see a notice of an unsafe truck driving in your state, for example, in California, you can file the complaint with the California Highway Patrol or California Department of Transportation. The government appoints these agencies and is responsible for road safety. Provide information as much as you know while submitting a complaint to these agencies. You can provide the description of the truck driver, the truck’s number plate, or the company’s logo or name you saw on the truck.
- Take legal action.
If you get injured in a truck accident, you can recover the compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Hiring an attorney will do great. Look for a qualified and experienced attorney who has dealt with similar cases earlier. He can fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.