11 May Chicago Truck Accident Leads to Investigation of FMCSA
A Chicago truck accident has prompted U.S. lawmakers to reexamine the effectiveness of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) oversight of the trucking industry. In early 2014, a fatigued truck driver collided with emergency vehicles that were stopped at another accident. A toll worker died in the accident and a state trooper was injured.
It was later discovered that the trucker had violated hours-of-service rules, which at the time had regulated how many hours truck drivers could operate per week. In this case, the driver had been awake and driving for more than 30 hours.
The FMCSA allegedly ordered an investigation into the accident but never carried it out. According to some U.S. lawmakers, the trucking company responsible for the accident had a history of violating safety regulations. Examples of safety violations included falsifying duty logbooks, unsafe driving and violating hours of service rules.
In cases such as this, the FMCSA will declare the company an imminent hazard to public safety and order them to halt operations. The fact that no investigation happened even though the trucking company had established a poor safety record led U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to call on the Department of Transportation to investigate the FMCSA’s handling of the event.
Are Commercial Carriers Responsible for Truck Accidents?
Some individuals who survive truck accidents might have permanent disabilities from traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. In truck accidents, multiple parties can be liable, such as the truck driver, his or her employer or the manufacturer of the vehicle.
Contacting an attorney can help truck accident victims hold negligent commercial carriers responsible for their actions.
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