Texas Trucking Company Declared an Imminent Hazard
There are many things a trucking company must do to be a safe operator. These requirements exist to ensure that company profits do not come at the expense of the driving public. Recently, a motor carrier based in Texas was ordered to stop operations due to the threat it posed to public safety.
Unsafe at Every Turn
The carrier in question, Adversity Transport, Inc., managed to fall short on many fronts. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the trucking company was guilty of the following:
- Failure to allow an investigation into its safety fitness
- Failure to have the parts and accessories necessary for safe operation
- Violation of drivers’ hours of service regulations
- Failure to conduct proper vehicle maintenance and inspection
- The use of drivers who were prohibited or suspended from operating commercial vehicles
As of January 25, 2022, Adversity Transport, Inc. was labeled an “imminent hazard” to public safety. The company was ordered to stop all its interstate and intrastate operations.
An Extreme Version of a Common Issue
The list of violations attributed to Adversity Trucking is lengthy. While most motor carriers do a better job of following the rules, violations are still common. After a trucking accident, it’s not surprising to find one or more rules broken that contributed to the crash.
Operating a commercial motor vehicle takes skill and a commitment to safety. It’s easy to let one thing slide, and then another, and another. The result is a dangerous or even deadly truck accident.
Hours of Service
It’s difficult to pinpoint which of the many failures by Adversity Trucking was the most dangerous. The FMCSA order highlighted many issues, including several traffic violations committed by its drivers. Many of these issues, including speeding and possession of controlled substances, could be tied to hours of service regulations.
Truck drivers are limited in how many hours they can drive in a day or week. They have to track their work time to ensure they are following these regulations. There’s a clear profit motive to asking drivers to work longer hours. For the safety of the drivers and everyone else on the road, there must be limits.
Trucking Accident Victims Deserve Support
The FMCSA works to protect people from unsafe motor carriers. Likewise, trucking accident attorneys work to protect victims who have already suffered the consequences of unsafe trucking companies and negligent drivers.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, Ted B. Lyon & Associates in Dallas can help. Call 800-TedLyon or send us a message to speak to an experienced lawyer today.