March 31, 2012

Trucking Carrier Shut Down by FMCSA

by Levin & Perconti

Recently, our Illinois truck accident attorneys read a news report detailing a trucking carrier that has been shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after numerous safety violations. LandLineMag.org reports that a Utah motor carrier has been ordered to shut down after investigators at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration uncovered hours-of-service violations, as well as, driver qualifications violations – including those involving the use of drivers with suspended or revoked commercial driver’s licenses. The report additionally reveals that the trucking carrier continued to operate without a driver drug and alcohol testing programs and transported “concealed hazardous material loads without valid federal registration.”

Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned this was not the first violation issued to the principle owner of the trucking carrier and that the order issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration read that “this finding means that based upon the carrier’s present state of unacceptable safety compliance, the operation of any commercial motor vehicle poses an imminent hazard to public safety.” Additionally, the order attempted to assign “at least 21 roadside inspections” to at least on other motor carrier by using DataQs challenges. The truck carrier’s trucks were also involved in at least seven commercial vehicle accidents since April 5, 2011.

Our accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti are pleased to learn the strict regulations are being implemented and rigorously enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Any Chicago truck accident lawyer will tell you that efforts must be taken in order to decrease the increasingly high number of truck accidents that transpire each and every year on our nation’s roadways.

More often than not, these trucking accidents occur as a direct result of negligence on behalf of the semi truck driver and/or the driver’s trucking carrier. When the drivers of large commercial vehicles operate in a manner that poses a significant threat to public safety, the risk for accidents resulting in personal injury and/or wrongful death substantially increases.

Since 1992, our Chicago truck accident lawyers have expertly handled numerous personal injury and wrongful death claims for victims of any and all types of motor vehicle accidents and ensure that our clients are properly compensated for their devastating injuries and losses. Accident victims may also receive additional compensation for various damages including: lost wages, physical/emotional pain and suffering, as well as, punitive damages that aim to punish the wrongdoer’s negligent behavior.