When safety rules are in place, they are meant to be followed so that harm is avoided and people stay as safe as possible. For example, the federal government has rules in place that truckers and trucking companies need to follow in order to keep people safe and reduce trucking accidents in Georgia and throughout the nation. When trucking companies do not follow the regulations, they pose a danger to the driving public.
Recently, Southern Transportation Inc., an Atlanta trucking company, was forced to shut down by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for not following regulations, such as:
- Failing to provide the company’s safety records to FMCSA.
- Failing to ensure employees complied with drivers’ qualification requirements.
- Failing to properly maintain their trucks.
The FMCSA ordered this trucking company to cease operation. In addition, General Transportation, Inc. (operating out of the same location as Southern Transportation, Inc.) was also shut down by the federal government for safety concerns.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a press release, “Truck and bus companies that refuse to cooperate with safety investigators have no place on our nation’s roadways. We will continue to use our authority to shut down motor carriers that endanger the public.”
While the federal government requires commercial carriers to comply with certain demands and safety rules, there will always be some trucking company or individual truckers who refuse to cooperate and place innocent motorists in danger.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Fayette County trucking accident, please call Shane Smith Law at (770) 487-8999 to speak with a qualified Peachtree City car accident lawyer in a free consultation today to find out about your rights.