Deadly freight truck crash exposes serious violations of federal safety laws, risk to public safety

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October 22, 2013

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U.S. safety regulators have shuttered a large Texas-based trucking company after an investigation of a deadly Louisiana crash found the company “blatantly disregarded” federal safety laws and posed a serious risk to public safety.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) officials ordered REDCO Transport Ltd. to immediately cease all of its trucking operations. REDCO is a general-freight trucking company that operates a fleet of 112 trucks out of its home base in Laredo.

The order came after a dozen crashes in two years, including one fatal crash that occurred August 2013 in which a REDCO truck collided with a van stopped on the shoulder of I-20 in Louisiana. The crash killed three people, including the truck driver.

FMCSA officials launched an investigation of that crash within hours. Its findings underscore the critical importance of safety regulations governing the trucking industry and the need for better oversight to ensure everyone on or near a road remains safe.

According to the FMCSA, REDCO “routinely failed to ensure its drivers comply with federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations designed to prevent fatigue, including limitations on daily driving and maximum on-duty hours.”

Additionally, the same investigation found that REDCO failed to check the qualifications of the drivers it hired, and failed to ensure that its drivers complied with federal rules and testing requirements concerning drivers’ use of alcohol, drugs, and other controlled substances.

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said REDCO’s compliance failures and poor safety record “compromises the safety of every traveler on our roadways” and vowed that her administration would collaborate closely with local officials to take potentially dangerous trucks and truck drivers off the road.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement about REDCO that “it is unacceptable for commercial truck and bus companies to disregard critical safety regulations that serve to protect the motoring public,” adding that companies that “needlessly endangered” the lives of innocent people would not be tolerated.

FMCSA has issued out-of-service orders to 10 trucking companies and 25 bus companies so far this year. The agency has also deemed seven commercial drivers to be imminent hazards, revoking their licenses and blocking them from operating in interstate commerce.

Beasley Allen attorney Chris Glover works in the firm’s Personal Injury section, where he handles many cases involving 18-wheelers, log trucks, other heavy trucks, busses and commercial vehicles. If you have a question about this story, or if you or a loved one have been involved in a serious accident involving a heavy truck, you may contact Chris at 800-898-2034 or Chris.Glover@beasleyallen.com.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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