Q: How do I report an unsafe commercial driver in Maryland? I’m worried this person may cause a Maryland truck accident.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration handles all potential safety issues related to commercial trucking. You are encouraged to call the FMCSA’s safety hotline if you’ve witnessed any commercial truck driver driving unsafely.
Whether you experienced an unsafe driver firsthand as a passenger in a bus or limousine or observed a nearby truck driver performing an unsafe action on the road, these are all reportable offenses.
Similarly, you may make a complaint of unfair business practices, such as a moving company not delivering your goods or a bus driver refusing a handicapped person access due to a broken wheelchair lift.
FMCSA allows callers to remain anonymous if they prefer. Call the safety hotline at 1-888-DOT-SAFT (368-7238) to report a potential safety issue, or fill out the agency’s online form for reporting safety violations.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also provides a way for truck drivers to report an unsafe company. Any company that has violated or is suspected of violating a federal trucking regulation should be reported.
For example, if the company you work for has neglected required maintenance check-ups or is trying to force you to drive more hours than federal law allows, this should be reported. Such safety violations put the employees in danger.
Truck drivers may make their complaint through the same phone number or website listed above.
If you or a family member has been involved in a Maryland truck wreck where safety was an issue, you should also call an experienced Maryland truck accident lawyer who can help you pursue a case against the negligent party. For more information or to set up an appointment, call Nickelsporn and Lundin at 800-875-9700.