Fatal truck accident last year involved high-risk motor carrier
FMCSA reportedly failed to investigate or take action quickly enough
Senator from Illinois demands audit of FMCSA
One of the duties that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (the FMCSA) is tasked with is conducting investigations into motor carriers that have a high rate of truck accidents. Recently, however, the FMCSA has come under fire for allegedly failing to take sufficient action to investigate the high-risk motor carrier at the center of a fatal truck accident that took place in 2014. Reports indicate that the trucking company had received numerous violations and been flagged by the FMCSA for enforcement action as early as 2011. Despite this fact, however, no further investigation or actions were taken against that particular motor carrier.
Last year’s fatal accident involved an Illinois toll worker who was in the process of helping a driver whose truck had broken down on the side of the road. The truck driver for the high-risk motor carrier was reportedly fatigued at that time and struck emergency vehicles that were on the scene along Interstate 88. As a result of that collision, the toll worker suffered fatal injuries and a state trooper was also injured.
Sen. Dick Durbin has stated that the government owes a duty to the slain toll worker’s family and the injured Illinois trooper to fully investigate why the high-risk motor carrier was allowed to continue putting trucks on the road.
Although it is hoped that this audit will result in high-risk motor carriers being identified and disciplined appropriately, that doesn’t help Illinois and Missouri residents who may have been injured by high-risk motor carriers causing a truck accident. You can take action by dialing 1-888-586-7041 to schedule a free meeting with us. We can help you learn your options for pursuing financial restitution in a civil court of law. This can help you recover financially as you also seek to recover physically and emotionally. Truck carriers that engage in repeated safety violations can and should be held accountable for such infractions, and no innocent victim should have to suffer financial hurt on top of physical and emotional pain.
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