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Federal Regulators Declare Georgia Trucking Company an Imminent Safety Hazard

Posted By Terry D. Jackson, P.C. || 13-Oct-2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered a Georgia-based trucking company to cease all operations after determining that it posed an imminent hazard to public safety. Industrial Transit, Inc., based in LaGrange, was ordered to suspend all interstate and intrastate operations as of October 4.

Industrial Transit, Inc. operates five commercial big rigs to transport auto parts, including volatile and potentially highly explosive products federally designated as hazardous materials. The federal order came after a post-crash investigation involving an Industrial Transit track that was involved in a rollover crash in Texas.

According to officials, the tractor trailer had been traveling at an unsafe speed when it veered off a curve, hit a culvert, and caught fire. Takata air bag components being transported as cargo then exploded and damaged houses and structures in the surrounding area. One resident of a nearby home was killed in the blast and several other victims were injured.

After the crash, FMCSA investigators found Industrial Transit in violation of numerous federal safety regulations. Their findings included, among other violations:

  • Unqualified drivers – Industrial Transit failed to meet proper driver qualification requirements when hiring or retaining drivers, including proper licensing and physical fitness. Prior to the crash, the company permitted two drivers to operate vehicles without a valid CDL (commercial driver’s license). Investigators also found that drivers were not properly trained in the transportation and handing of hazardous materials.
  • Failure to monitor drivers – Industrial Transit did not sufficiently monitor drivers using random drug and alcohol testing and did not enforce compliance with federal Hours-of-Service Rules to prevent fatigued drivers from operating commercial vehicles.
  • Improper vehicle maintenance – Industrial transit failed in the proper inspection, maintenance, and repair of its fleet. Ten previous inspections placed the company’s trucks out-of-service or cited them for safety violations.

FMCSA regulations are in place to ensure public safety, and they become crucially important when hazardous materials are involved. By failing to meet these standards, trucking companies and drivers negligently place the public at risk of suffering preventable harm. The FMCSA’s order to stop Industrial Transit from its current operations speak volumes about how these safety regulations are serious matters.

Terry D. Jackson, P.C. has decades of experience representing truck accident victims and families, including those who were harmed in crashes where trucking companies and drivers failed to play by the rules. If you have questions about your rights following a wreck and want to learn how our team can help investigate and hold a trucking company liable for your damages, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

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