Dallas, TX- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a Dallas-area trucking company is an “imminent hazard” to the public safety, noting the company allowed drivers to violate federal trucking regulations and revoked the company’s operating license.
In a press release, the FCMSA said that FTW Transport, based out of Forest Hills, Texas, did not require their drivers comply with federal hour-of-service regulations. Drivers were not required to turn in documentation such as driver’s logs to prove they were complying with the federally mandated hours of service. The FMCSA also cited the trucking company for failing to ensure their drivers complied with mandatory drug and alcohol test and improperly maintained and repaired their fleet, according to Truckinginfo.com.
Aside from driver error, poor vehicle maintenance and failing to conduct necessary repairs is a leading cause of the approximately 500,000 truck accidents that occur in the U.S. each year. Truck companies that fail to maintain their fleet put their drivers and motorists at risk and when a truck accident results from their negligence, a truck accident attorney can hold them financially accountable.
In addition to failing to vet and monitor their drivers, the FMCSA found FTW Transport had a high accident rate which was 25 percent higher than what the FMCSA considers “unsatisfactory.” According to Truckinginfo.com, over the past 12 months two drivers involved in accidents were cited for careless driving. The agency also found that in 10 separate truck accidents, drivers were cited for violating basic traffic laws such as speeding, not obeying traffic signals and texting while driving.
FTW Transport is among a 75 trucking and bus companies that have had their operating license revoked by the FMCSA this year. Last week, an Illinois trucking company had their operating license revoked for similar violations following a fatal accident caused by a fatigued driver.
Truck companies should take whatever steps they can to ensure their drivers are complying with federal regulations meant to protect the motoring public. Large commercial trucks are large and heavy pieces of machinery that can cause a great deal of destruction. While truck accidents are less common than passenger vehicle accidents, they are twice as deadly. Those who are fortunate to survive a collision with a big rig often suffer serious injuries that involve costly medical treatment and long-term recoveries.
Truck accident victims are entitled to compensation for their personal injuries, wrongful death and damage to their property when a truck driver or trucking company is at fault. The exact settlement amount a victim receives is dependent upon the severity of their injuries, and the long-term effects on the victim’s life that injury will have. An injured person may be compensated for their past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, past and future pain and suffering, past and future disability, and any disfigurement that has resulted from the truck accident. Individuals who have lost a loved one because of a truck accident are eligible to receive compensation for their loss of financial support and companionship along with medical and funeral expenses.
Truck accident attorneys work closely with the victims to make certain they receive a settlement that covers their accident-related expenses as well as their pain and suffering.