TheTrucker.com reports that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently conducted a drug and alcohol strike force sweep of hundreds of commercial bus and truck drivers. Our Illinois truck accident attorneys learned that the sweep, which ran from April 30 through May 11, ultimately removed more than 287 commercial bus and truck drivers from the roadways and made more than 128 transportation companies liable to enforcement actions.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that during the sweep, which lasted roughly over two weeks, over 200 federal investigators from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reviewed the drug and alcohol safety records of commercial drivers employed by a variety of companies – particularly bus and trucking companies. This included: school bus drivers, interstate passenger carriers, hazardous material transporters, as well as, general freight long-haul trucking companies.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ultimate goal was to identify motor carriers who were in violation of federal drug and alcohol testing requirements and to subsequently remove the violators from the roadway. In a statement released by the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, it was revealed that “removing these dangerous drivers from the road helps save lives and sends a strong signal that we will not tolerate negligent commercial drivers and companies that violate federal alcohol and drug safety standards.”
Ultimately, our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that the 287 commercial drivers who were identified in the strike force sweep will likely face monetary fines, as well as, barring from commercial vehicle operation for failure to adhere to federal drug and alcohol regulations. Additionally, over 128 trucking and bus companies will face pending enforcement actions for certain violations that included permitted drivers to operate even though they had tested positive for illegal drugs, in addition to, not instating a drug and alcohol testing program.
When trucking companies and their drivers deviate from the rules and regulations enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the potential for accidents resulting in tragic and severe injury substantially increases. If you have been involved in an Illinois trucking accident due to a negligent commercial vehicle driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Please contact an experienced Chicago trucking accident attorney at Levin & Perconti as soon as possible for a free consultation to help determine what legal rights, relief and representation may be available to you.