There are numerous ways to promote improved highway safety, from pushing for safer commercial vehicle equipment to demanding that truck drivers be rested and healthy. Getting high-risk drivers and vehicles off the road is at the top of that list.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration strives to do just that, and reminded the trucking industry of its power last week when it tagged C & D Transportation, Inc. of Illinois with orders to close its operation immediately. The FMCSA called C & D Transportation “an imminent threat to public safety” following numerous infractions involving negligence on the part of the both the company and its drivers.
According to a release issued by the FMCSA, C & D failed to ensure that its drivers met Commercial Driver’s License or English-proficiency requirements; was cited for being in violation of vehicle weight limits; and has committed records-of-duty status violations. For those and other safety violations, C & D had previously been issued an “out-of-service” order, but continued to operate by renting its vehicles. One of those vehicles was involved in a crash, according to the FMCSA release.
I have devoted my professional career to protecting truck accident victims, but I am equally passionate about society taking measures to protect people before they become victims. Those measures includes regulations such as vehicle weight limits, CDL requirements, and hours-of-service records.
The latest news about C & D Transportation is a refreshing reminder that those measures have the strength and backing of the FMCSA.
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a commercial truck or bus, make sure your rights are protected. Contact truck accident attorney Michael Leizerman at 419-243-1010.