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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Georgia Trucking Company Shut Down Due to Safety Violations

Add canola oil to the list of things to avoid when driving on I-75 in Georgia. It’s also part of the reason a trucking company headquartered south of Atlanta was recently shut down by a federal agency.

According to the AJC, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently shut down a trucking company based in Hampton, Georgia due to a number of safety violations, including a truck that leaked canola oil for miles in I-75 that ultimately caused four vehicles to crash, and the police vehicles responding to the accidents to slide on the pavement.

The FMCSA described the trucking company as “reckless” because it violated multiple safety regulations in addition to the canola oil incident. The trucking company did not systematically inspect, repair and maintain vehicles, failed to ensure drivers complied with federal regulations designed to prevent fatigued driving, let unqualified drivers operate commercial motor vehicles and failed to comply with mandated random alcohol and controlled substances testing of its drivers.

Violations of this type are not to be taken lightly, as a typical large commercial truck can weigh up to 30 times more than a passenger automobile. Any collision with a commercial truck that size can have terrible consequences.

If you, or a loved one, has been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, you should immediately contact an experienced attorney who can represent your interests before speaking with the insurance company. In addition to possible safety violations, trucking companies (and their insurers) often conduct their own “analysis” of the accident in a way that puts the victims at a disadvantage. It is imperative to retain an attorney who can perform their own detailed investigation that will demonstrate the liability of the trucker who caused the accident. For more information on this topic, email John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.

 

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