North Carolina trucking company punished by FMCSA

Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted its annual inspection check of commercial vehicles traveling on roadways throughout the United States. Several vehicles were ordered off of the road while they received the necessary repairs.

The FMCSA conducts safety operations year-round as part of its regulation of the trucking industry, and may revoke the operating certificate of some of the more serious offenders if widespread problems are found. The agency is responsible for developing new procedures that lead to a decrease in the amount of trucking accidents that occur each year.

The FMCSA announced that it has ordered a North Carolina trucking company out of service due to repeat safety violations observed by the agency. In its report, the FMCSA cited the company for a failure to maintain all of the vehicles in its fleet, and also for the company's lack in ensuring that its drivers were qualified. The company did not screen its drivers for alcohol or other drugs, and also ignored regulations concerning the number of hours that its drivers would be allowed to be behind the wheel.

This is the 11th company that the FMCSA has ordered off the road since January of 2013. The agency is being very aggressive in its pursuit of companies that it feels are the most dangerous offenders. Those companies must correct all of the issues before they will be allowed back on the road. Additionally, the agency has made it much more difficult for these owners and operators to simply reform their companies under different names, which has been a common practice in the past.

The FMCSA implemented a very rigid screening system after deaths of motorists in trucking accident had stayed relatively consistent for several years. It is hoped that by removing these vehicles from the roadways, it will help reduce the number of these deaths that occur each year.

For those motorists who have been involved in a trucking accident, they know that they can face a lengthy recovery period. These crashes generally result in catastrophic injuries for the occupants of regular-sized passenger vehicles, and often will require very expensive medical care.

If you have been injured in a truck accident or other type of motor vehicle crash, you may not know what to do. You will be receiving offers to settle your claims very soon after the accident, and you need to be extremely cautious at this time.

Speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about your particular situation. An attorney will be able to determine which parties are at fault, and then pursue claims against these individuals or entities. If your case ends up going into the courtroom, an attorney can ensure that you have someone on your side to protect your interests.