Earlier today, TruckingInfo.com reported that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a trucking company to shut down for the second time in the past decade. The carrier was ordered to shut down on November 8 after investigators found substantial patterns of hours-of-service and vehicle maintenance violations. After a lengthy investigation conducted by the FMCSA, the trucking carrier has been deemed an imminent hazard to public safety. The investigation stems from a two-year assessment of the carrier’s safety performance.
As a result of the investigation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared the trucking company “seriously deficient” in four out the seven BASIC categories: unsafe driving (66.9%), fatigued driving (99.3%), driver fitness (77.3%), and vehicle maintenance (100%). During the course of the investigation, the carrier’s 18 commercial vehicles were inspected 192 times of which numerous vehicles were placed out of service 58% of the time. Additionally, the trucking carrier’s drivers were inspected 245 times in the past 24 months … with drivers placed out of service 16% of the time. The national average out of service rate for drivers is only 5.5%.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the trucking company has been involved in seven serious crashes within the past year, of which four resulted in injury and one in fatality. Additional evidence obtained during the investigation revealed that the trucking carrier allowed or required drivers to falsify driver’s log records. All of these violations substantially increase the likelihood of a semi truck accident resulting in serious injury or death.
Regrettably, our Chicago semi truck accident lawyers read, this was not the first time this particular carrier has found themselves in trouble with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In 1995, the trucking company was the first carrier to be criminally charged for altering log books. Former employees of the carrier testified that the carrier’s supervisors and the company’s president taught drivers how to falsify their books, in addition to, ordering the destruction of incriminating driver logs before the criminal trial began.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys commend the efforts to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to help make our roadways a safer place to travel. Trucking carriers and their drivers are held to increased standards of care when transporting 80,000 pound vehicles and when any type of violation occurs, the increased risk of semi truck accidents resulting in debilitating injuries or death considerably increases.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an Illinois semi truck accident, please contact our experienced accident attorneys to see what legal rights may be available to you.