Olympia, WA- Some trucking companies and drivers see federal regulations as burdens and ignore them putting their lives and the lives of others at risk. When a driver or trucking company repeatedly endangers the safety of others, they can be ordered to cease operations and close up shop.
Tumwater, Washington Trucking Company Accused Violation Multiple Federal Regulations
A Washington-state trucking company was ordered to stop all in-state and out-of-state commerce after the federal regulators found that the company and one of their drivers repeatedly violated safety and compliance regulations. In a news release from December 7, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Even Flo Logistics, LLC, of Tumwater and one of their drivers posed an “imminent hazard to public safety.”
Even Flo Logistics came under scrutiny after multiple roadside inspections found “repeated serious safety violations.” Those violations resulted in one of their drivers, Shawn Roberts, being placed out of service 13 times more than the average driver.
The FMCSA accuses Even Flo Logistics LLC, of:
Failing to ensure their drivers have a CDL
Failing to monitor drivers and ensure they are complying with federal-hours-of-service rules to prevent fatigued driving
Failing to ensure drivers pass a pre-employment alcohol and drug test and not conducting random drug testing
Failing to make post-accident drug testing mandatory
The company is also accused of operating a truck after a Washington state inspection which resulted in an “unsatisfactory” and order to cease operations.
According to the FMCSA news release, Roberts was allowed to drive an Even Flo Logistics vehicle twice before obtaining his CDL and had 10 HOS violations from January 2017 to December 2017. Authorities say Roberts was involved in four crashes and tested positive for drug use. He was also charged with having an alcoholic beverage in his cab while on duty. He is facing drug charges in two states, according to the FMCSA.
Out-of-Service Orders Don’t Keep All Unsafe Operators Off the Roads
Even though federal regulators take unsafe drivers and company owners, some can continue operating by changing the name of their company and getting a different Department of Transportation number. It’s a common practice. These “chameleon carriers” as they are known in the industry, set up their new transport business to avoid federal orders, fines, safety violations, and civil lawsuits.
In a 2012 investigation conducted by the Government Accountability Office, investigators found that chameleon carriers had an 18 percent greater chance of being in a major crash than non-chameleon carriers.
Speak to a Truck Accident Lawyer in Washington State
Truck accident victims should speak with a commercial trucking accident lawyer in Washington state if they want to recover maximum compensation.
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