When you drive on roadways shared with semi-trucks, you probably assume that the drivers of those large trucks are responsible and properly trained. When the drivers of tractor-trailers begin to drive in an unsafe manner, regardless of the cause, serious accidents can occur. Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered a Tennessee-based trucking company and its Tennessee-licensed truck driving owner to cease operations.
In 2009, the owner of the company was convicted of driving under the influence. He attempted to leave the scene of that Utah accident.
In November of last year, the owner was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Pennsylvania on Interstate 81. The man fled the scene of the accident after crossing onto the shoulder, crashing into a car, and hitting two pedestrians. He hid behind a nearby building and was arrested on several offenses.
The company was declared to be imminent hazards to public safety. The 41-year-old owner, who is in the custody of law enforcement in Franklin County, was served on Jan. 22, 2014 with federal orders that are applicable to all vehicles operated or owned by Hatfield Trucking.
For the people who were involved in the trucking accidents caused by this man, learning that he has been ordered to cease operations probably brings some relief. If those people were injured in those accidents, they might have the right to seek compensation for claims related to their injuries, including those for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages. Consulting with a legal professional who has experience with semi-truck accident cases might help them to understand their rights and responsibilities.
Source: WATE.com, “US Declares Claiborne County truck company imminent hazard” No author given, Feb. 07, 2014