Earlier this month, a Georgia trucking company was ordered to remove its entire fleet of commercial vehicles from operation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). According to one industry news source covering the recently imposed sanctions, the order came after a fatal accident that occurred back in August of this year.
Evidently, one of the trucking company’s drivers was speeding around a curve when he lost control of his rig. The truck crashed into a home, where it caught fire and then exploded. One woman inside the home was killed as a result of the explosion, and several other people were injured as a result. In addition, four nearby homes sustained notable damage.
The FMCSA further justified its decision ordering the company to cease operation by pointing to the fact that the past 10 times the company’s trucks have been pulled over for random inspection, the inspector determined that the truck was unsafe to operate and either cited the driver or required that the truck remain off the road. Over the course of the random inspections, it was determined that the trucking company committed the following violations:
- Allowing commercial truck drivers to operate without a valid commercial drivers’ license;
- Failing to follow the established safety protocol when transporting hazardous materials; and
- Failing to implement random drug and alcohol testing for truck drivers.
The FMCSA also noted that the trucks used by the company were not up to current safety standards, including brakes that were out of adjustment or contaminated and needed replacing, loose steering components, engines that leaked oil, and unsecured fire extinguishers in the trucks’ cabins.
Trucking Companies Can Be Held Responsible in Some Georgia Trucking Accidents
Truck drivers and their employers have a duty to ensure the safe operation of a vehicle. Just as a negligent driver can be held responsible when they cause an accident, whenever a trucking company’s negligence contributes to a serious or fatal Georgia truck accident, the company can also be held liable. However, this may not be immediately apparent following an accident. It often requires an in-depth investigation to be conducted by a skilled attorney experienced in truck accident cases. To learn more about how trucking companies may be responsible for accidents involving their drivers, contact a dedicated personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Involved in a Georgia Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Georgia truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Miller Legal Services have the experience necessary to conduct the in-depth investigations necessary to determine all potentially liable parties and pursue compensation for their clients from each of them. To learn more, call 770-284-3727 to set up a free consultation with an experienced attorney at Miller Legal Services. Calling is free and will not result in any obligation to you unless we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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