The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently participated in a coordinated effort to administer unannounced safety inspection detail on numerous commercial vehicles. A report published by MohaveDailyNews.com detailed the inspection of over 237 commercial vehicles that resulted in over 470 observed violations. The inspection, conducted primarily on passenger-carrying vehicles such as tour buses, uncovered that drivers were found to be operating without mandated log books, without possession of medical certificates, in addition to, failure to have appropriate vehicle registration.
Additionally, it was discovered that the vehicles of the previously mentioned drivers failed to have the required safety equipment, as well as, the mandated company information on the vehicles. These drivers have been placed out of services for the various citations they have received, all of which are deemed criminal violations. With commercial tour operators continuously committing various violations many of which involving hours of service, the risk of driver fatigue and potential accidents has substantially increased. This investigation is only one of many that will continue to be conducted by the United States Department of Transportation.
When large commercial vehicles fail to adhere to federal and state safety regulations, the results can often turn tragic. Drivers and their carriers have a responsibility to maintain safe operation in order to avoid potentially hazardous accidents. When safety regulations are violated and an accident ensues, the truck driver as well as their trucking company may be subject to a civil lawsuit for their negligent actions. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration identifies the primary types of commercial vehicle carrier safety violations:
– Hours of Service: Drivers operating in excess of the regulated hours of service – Unqualified Driver/Drugs and Alcohol: Drivers who have not been medically examined and certified or operate under the influence of alcohol or drugs – Unsafe Equipment: Poor vehicle maintenance and/or improperly secured loads – Motorist Complaints: motorist reporting the unsafe driving or commercial trucks or buses
The experienced Chicago semi truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti have extensively handled a variety of cases involving driver negligence. Our attorneys recently recovered a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of a family who was involved in a devastating Illinois semi truck accident. The driver of the commercial vehicle was found to be under the influence of marijuana, as well as, operating an overloaded trailer when he collided with a passenger vehicle — resulting in the death of 32-year-old woman. In addition to driver negligence, the lawsuit also alleged that the trucking carrier violated federal regulations by failing to properly drug screen their drivers.