A number federal agencies are charged with ensuring safe interstate motorways for drivers. This includes regulating the national trucking industry to keep drivers and large truck companies from violating safety standards and laws. According to a recent government report, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared two South Carolina based trucking companies, and its owner-driver, to be imminent hazards to public safety. The federal agency has ordered the companies and affiliated drivers to promptly halt all business operations.
Trucking companies with a focus on generating profits by transporting goods across state lines have an incentive to drive quickly. In addition to getting from A to B quickly, many of these trucking companies will also flout national trucking regulations involving weight limits, maintenance, and driver limitations. All of these violations can create serious hazards for other motorists sharing the roads. Our Charleston truck accident attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims throughout the Carolinas and nationwide. We are committed to raising safety awareness and to staying abreast of truck industry legal issues that may affect Carolina drivers.
According to the U.S. Transportation, highway safety is a priority and the agency will pursue necessary measures to keep the nation’s roads safe for motorists. CER Trucking and Edward Risher Trucking company owners were served a federal-shutdown orders in December. The two trucking companies operated out of South Carolina and made a business transporting refrigerated food and other goods throughout the southeast.
In November, an employee of CER, also the son of the CEO, lost control of a tractor-trailer and drove over the median, killing another driver. At the time of the accident, the truck driver had lost his commercial driver’s license for a series of state and federal safety violations. He is also facing criminal charges related to the crash including reckless driving, driving without a license, operating a commercial vehicle without qualifications and possession of alcohol.
CER Trucking was investigated after the accident and the agency determined that entity failed to properly background check drivers to operate commercial vehicles. Many drivers were not licensed with a valid CDL. The trucking company also failed to ensure that drivers complied with other trucking industry regulations, including hours of service. During the investigation, the company could not produce any driver logs or records. CER Trucking failed to inspect and maintain vehicles, creating significant hazards for other motorists sharing the road.
The imminent hazard out-of-service order was served to Edward Risher Trucking was based on numerous violations of federal safety regulations. The driver was a sole proprietor and commercial driver so the suspension extended to the entire operation of his company. While the federal government seeks to regulate the trucking industry, many drivers and trucking operations continue to pose safety hazards. Any victim of a trucking accident should consult with an experienced investigator and advocate.
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