Yesterday on our news page, we covered the story of five Georgia Southern University nursing students who died in a wreck involving seven vehicles near Savannah, GA. Three of the vehicles involved in this wreck were tractor trailers.
In order to protect the safety of other motorists, trucking companies are tasked with many obligations relating to their vehicles and their drivers. When a company fails to fulfill these duties, it may be found liable for a victim’s injuries in the event of a crash. The company can also be shut down entirely by the government.
This phenomenon occurred in a recent case involving Sorbon Transport, Inc. The U.S. Department of Transportation’sFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared the company to be an imminent hazard to public safety. The company was ordered to immediately cease operations. A federal investigations revealed numerous widespread violations of safety regulations by the company.
How Sorbon Violated Federal Safety Regulations
Sorbon’s violations of trucking regulations put other motorists at significant risk of accidents and injuries. The following is an overview of the company’s failures in this regard:
- In early February, a roadside inspection was conducted on one of the company’s vehicles. The company was cited for eight separate out-of-service violations. The company was also cited for six additional maintenance-related violations.
- Days after the February inspection, a different company vehicle was subjected to another roadside inspection. This vehicle was cited for having two out-of-service violations and 12 other maintenance-related violations.
- The company could not provide sufficient driver duty records covering a single trip. Of those that were provided, many included multiple hours-of-service violations.
- The company could not provide records that showed its drivers were subject to testing for controlled substances or alcohol use on a regular basis.
Unfortunately, Sorbon is not the only trucking company that does not do a sufficient job at preventing commercial truck accidents. Truck accident injury victims should consult with an experienced attorney in order to assess whether the trucking company may be to partially to blame for their losses. We encourage you to contact us today for more information at 470-819-2263.