Earlier this month, a commercial truck driver was ordered to immediately stop operating by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The man, who held a commercial vehicle license in New Mexico at the time, was declared an imminent hazard after causing a fatal collision on the section of U.S.54 that runs through Pratt County, Kansas.
The driver was arrested and charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter on June 13 after his truck veered into oncoming traffic, hitting another truck and killing its driver. A passenger in the suspect’s cab also did not survive the crash.
Ignored Regulations Result in a Loss of Life
Unfortunately, our nation’s roads are filled with drivers who find ways to slip through regulations, creating unsafe driving conditions for everyone around them. This driver’s negligence is particularly startling in this instance as, just hours before the deadly collision, he was placed out of service after failing to pass a roadside safety inspection. Additionally, his truck was cited for having unsafe braking systems. Despite being unable to legally drive, the operator continued his route. After examining the truck’s GPS route information, investigators revealed that the man had been driving for 38 of the 45 hours before the crash.
Arnold & Itkin has an experienced team of truck accident attorneys who are familiar with the careless disregard the commercial trucking industry shows for safety. Rushed schedules and high demands have resulted in carriers ignoring safety and maintenance. We are proud to have a history of fighting for those who have unjustly lost their lives due to unsafe carrier practices. With justice as our focus, we have a record of earning billions of dollars in victories for those who need help the most.
We offer our sincere condolences to those who have had their lives permanently changed after losing a loved one in this tragedy.