The Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers at Montlick and Associates view the proposal to permit commercial trucks from Mexico to operate throughout the U.S. as a misguided idea that may cause an increase in the number of Atlanta trucking accidents. While any tractor-trailer poses a serious risk to potential trucking accident victims, the trucking industry is more carefully regulated in the U.S. The proposed plan to allow commercial trucks from Mexico to transport goods throughout the U.S. is intended as the resolution of a longstanding dispute under the North American Free Trade Agreement. The problem is that inspections of vehicles at the border have revealed that there is a substantial disparity in the maintenance and repair standards between U.S. and Mexican tractor-trailers. While commercial carriers from Mexico will be required to comply with U.S. regulations, enforcement is a problem because only a negligible number of big-rigs operating in the U.S. are actually inspected.
Along with the issue of more lax safety standards and vehicles that are not maintained as well, litigation will be more difficult for those injured in an Atlanta trucking accident involving a big-rig from Mexico. Because the company is domiciled in Mexico, a trucking accident victim may face serious challenges obtaining business records and other documents from the commercial carrier’s main business office in Mexico. Mexico also permits a driver to maintain multiple commercial driver’s licenses, which is not permitted in the U.S. This may create problems in tracking down drivers from Mexico involved in a trucking accident and may permit drivers that should be out of service to remain on highways in the Atlanta area. Because trucking accidents involving big-rigs from Mexico may be more common and litigation to obtain compensation for injuries more complex, the Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers at Montlick and Associates have genuine concerns about allowing Mexican big-rigs to operate in the interior of the U.S.
If you or someone you love is injured in a trucking accident, including one involving a poorly maintained big-rig, contact Montlick and Associates to discuss your rights to compensation. We have been fighting hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve since 1984. Contact us today for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED.