Oregon Trucking Company that Crashed on Center St. Bridge has a History of Safety Issues
Commuters who set out on local roads or highways every day often expect commercial truck drivers to be some of the safest drivers on the roadway. After all, these individuals drive for a living and likely have a significant leg-up in both experience and training over the average driver. And yet, despite this common perception of safe truck drivers, commercial truck accidents are extremely common. Furthermore, it seems that some trucking companies are frequently involved in serious accidents while others can have drivers travel hundreds of thousands or millions of miles without incident.
Part of the disparity between these safety outcomes is often the company culture. While some trucking companies play by the rules and understand that drivers cannot be pushed beyond their limits, other companies may have less regard for safety rules such as hours of service limits or maintenance requirements. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured by a negligent or fatigued commercial truck driver, the truck accident lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free consultation call (215) 709-6940 today.
How Did the Commercial Truck Crash Occur?
According to news reports, a semi-truck carried sawdust tipped on the off ramp of the Center Street Bridge on Wednesday morning. The overturned truck resulted in a major backup that snarled eastbound rush-hour traffic on Highway 22 for nearly three miles. In all, the traffic caused by the accident resulted in delays that lasted for longer than 6 hours.
Police reports indicate that the truck was driving by William Duval. While the exact actions by the driver were not described by police, a careless driving ticket was issued following the accident. Thus, it is likely that the truck driver was traveling at too high of a speed, was inattentive, or otherwise failed to maintain his concentration and focus on the road.
After the accident, the truck driver reported that he had no feeling in his left arm. He also had a large gash on his temple near his eye. It is unknown if this head trauma resulted solely in superficial injuries or if a traumatic brain injury was also suffered by the driver in the crash. However, the situation could have been much worse. According to the investigation, the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and eyewitnesses indicated that the truck driver was lucky that he “didn’t go over (off) the bridge.”
The Trucking Company has a History of Safety Incidents
The trucking company involved in this incident is Don Averill Trucking of Tillamook, Oregon. The company employs 34 drivers who logged more than 2.1 million miles on the road in 2013.
According to local news reports and an inquiry of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) databases, the company has been cited numerous times for safety violations. There was 16 FMCSA citation on record. These citations included exceeding weight limits, unsafe tires, failure to secure cargo, and required vehicle lights being inoperable. OSHA violations included improper electrical wiring and unsafe use of power tools.
Unfortunately, this is not the first accident the company has been involved in. An FMCSA report indicates that the company was involved in a four-vehicle crash last March. No citation to the driver was issued as a result of this incident. Furthermore, in 2007, the company was involved in a crash where a truck loaded with two trailers full of wood chips went out of control. The truck crashed into a guardrail and skidded into a corn field where eyewitnesses found the truck driver unconscious. The company was, once again, lucky that the driver sustained only moderate injuries.
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