By: Allan M. Siegel
Five nursing students from Georgia Southern University were killed in a
serious tractor-trailer accident in Southeast Georgia last month. According
to officials, the 18-wheeler failed to slow down, smashed into several
cars and a tanker truck, and caused a significant fire. Three victims
were also injured in the crash, and road crews took more than six hours
to clear the wreckage.
Although investigations into the cause of the accident are still ongoing,
the tragic incident has been covered widely by national news media. In
their investigations, reporters have discovered that the company which
owned the tractor-trailer - Total Transportation of Mississippi, LLC - had
one of the worst safety records of any trucking company in the U.S.
The numbers regarding Total Transportation's safety record speak volumes
about the company's chronic and documented record of unsafe driving
practices - and it places them among the 90
th percentile for violations. Here are some of the more alarming details
based on data from the past two years:
- · 85 crashes in multiple states across the country
- · 929 violations, which include:
- · 247 unsafe driving violations
- · 120 violations for speeding
- · 9 violations for drivers using mobile devices
- · Dozens of lane violations and violations for failing to obey traffic controls
Despite the numbers, Total Transportation of Mississippi had an
overall satisfactory rating from the federal government before last month's fatal incident. This
has created widespread scrutiny over government agencies' oversight
of the trucking industry and whether tougher regulations should be passed.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we have helped many
victims and families after they have been injured in auto accidents involving
commercial trucks. We believe last month's fatal 18-wheeler accident
involving Total Transportation of Mississippi, LLC shows a clear need
to better identify unsafe trucking companies before they cause preventable
injuries and deaths on public roads.
Although the cause of this particular accident is not yet known,
truck accident victims do have a right to pursue compensation for their damages when
trucking companies or drivers act negligently. If you have questions about
your rights after an 18-wheeler accident,
contact our firm for a FREE case review.