The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) has reported two South Carolina trucking companies for “posing an imminent hazard to public safety.” A FMCSA press release from this month explains that the trucking companies CER Trucking, Inc and Edward Risher Trucking, as well as one of its drivers, Clarence Edward Risher, Jr., are to stop their operations immediately.
An investigation into the companies reportedly found that Risher was driving a tractor-trailer in November 2013 when he lost control of the truck and hit another vehicle, killing the driver. The investigation also reportedly found that Risher’s license had been suspended since 2010 and that he had been charged with possession of alcohol.
The FMCSA investigated CER Trucking after the accident and discovered that the company was not checking to make sure drivers were qualified to drive commercial motor vehicles. Another truck driver at CER was convicted of marijuana possession while on duty, and a third driver was found to medically be unqualified to operate a vehicle.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “Truck and bus companies and commercial drivers who willfully disregard safety regulations will not be allowed to operate on our highways and roads.”
The FMCSA sets rigid rules and regulations to ensure the safety of other motorists on the road from trucking accidents. When truck drivers are reckless on the road, or when trucking companies are negligent in their hiring processes, serious truck accidents can occur, resulting in catastrophic, possibly fatal, injuries.
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