According to the transportation website Truckinginfo.com, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently ordered two transportation companies to suspend all operations, including a Champaign, Illinois based company - Lincolnland Express. The other company ordered to suspend operations was Ben Gordon Enterprises, LLC, of Slidell, Louisiana.
Following an investigation into its activities, the FMCSA found that Lincolnland had committed a number of safety violations, including failure to properly maintain vehicle parts and accessories, failure to properly and periodically inspect its commercial motor vehicles and false reporting of records of duty status.
According to the report, the FMCSA took similar action against Ben Gordon Enterprises after discovering that the company had also committed several safety violations. These included violating a federal out-of-service order and operating its vehicles in disregard of safety regulations. The company also used drivers who did not have a valid commercial drivers license, and drivers lacking required medical certificates. Because of these violations, the FMCSA determined that the company's continued operations would present a hazard to the public.
The FMSCA findings explained in this report are particularly disturbing. Federal regulations controlling the operations of transportation companies serve a critical purpose in ensuring that trucking and other transportation companies are doing everything possible to increase safety on public roads. This is particularly important given the potentially serious hazards presented by unsafe trucks, busses and other large vehicles.
It is not uncommon for trucks and other large vehicles involved in motor vehicle accidents to be guilty of one or more federal safety violations. In such cases, those injured by the negligence of trucking companies may be entitled to compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact Pavich Law Group, P.C., today for a free consultation to determine your legal rights.