Virginia Trucking Company Indicted for Federal Safety Violations Including Hours of Service Problems
At the Reiff Law Firm’s the Truck Accident Team, we frequently discuss the dangers of trucking companies and their practices. We often warn people that trucking companies break regulations and force their drivers into uncomfortable situations to extend how long they drive beyond federal limits in violation of federal rest rules. This week, a Virginia trucking company was indicted on federal charges for exactly these sorts of violations. If you or a loved one was injured in a crash with a truck, call the Truck Accident Team today.
Trucking Violations, Like Fatigued Driving, Can Injure Other Drivers
Beam Bros Trucking, Inc. is a Virginia-based trucking company. In fact, the US Postal Service even uses Beam Bros. for many of its trucking needs. Now, Beam Bros. and some of its executives are facing charges for allegedly violating federal regulations, falsifying records, and covering up their violations, among other charges.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration creates rules for how long trucks and truck drivers can remain on the road without rest. These kinds of regulations are put in place to keep drivers fresh and alert on the road. Violating these rules means that drivers might be tired and overworked, which increases their risk of a crash.
The charges allege that the trucking company has been doing this for years. Part of the charges also allege that the company forced its drivers to lie and falsify their driving longs before they would pay them. On top of that, the company allegedly covered-up its lies and violations in order to stay in business.
When companies do this, they put everyone at risk. Trucking companies make money when they move more freight. They can do this by hiring more drivers and buying more trucks, but that means more things to pay for. Instead, trucking companies may do what is alleged here: force their drivers to work longer hours and violate federal rules.
When you are injured in a truck accident, our goal is to get you the maximum compensation available. This often means investigating the truck driver and their employer trucking company. When we find violations like these, we can use them to show a court that the trucking company is at fault for the injuries. This kind of violation may even entitle you to extra damages used to punish the trucking companies.
A trucking company can be held liable for the poor driving of its employee driver, but it can also be held liable for its own failures. When trucking companies break these rules, fail to keep their trucks safe, or keep unsafe drivers on the road, they can be held directly liable for your injuries.
Truck Drivers May be Victims of Unsafe Trucking Company Practices, Too
Beam Bros. allegedly forced their drivers to participate in these violations. One driver was even quoted as claiming that in order to get his paycheck, his supervisors required him to falsify his logbooks. In this kind of a situation, truck drivers are just trying to take home a paycheck. Instead, they become tools of their employer’s bad actions.
In many accidents, the truck driver may be a victim too. If you drive for a trucking company who forces you to violate regulations, your injuries may be your boss’ fault. If you were injured in a crash while your boss forced you to violate federal regulations, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer.
On top of this, many owner-operators and contract drivers follow federal regulations. These drivers are also at risk from drivers whose trucking companies break the rules. When you are injured by the negligence of a trucking company and its rule violations, you may be entitled to compensation regardless of what vehicle you were driving. We do not only represent drivers of cars, motorcycles, and SUVs, but also represent other truck drivers who were injured by negligent trucking companies.
Our National Truck Accident Team Can Help
The lawyers at the Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team can help you recover from your accident with a truck. If you have had to miss work, you might be entitled to lost wages. If you are facing expensive medical bills, we might be able to get them reimbursed. If your injuries are causing you pain and suffering, there might be compensation available. In addition, if you have lost a loved one to a truck accident, you might be entitled to compensation for burial costs, lost companionship, and other expenses like grief counseling.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one to a truck accident, help is available. Contact the Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team today. Your case may have deadlines attached, so do not wait. Call today for a free consultation. Our number is (215) 246-9000.