The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called for more assertiveness by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the monitoring of fatigue management programs at the end of an investigation it conducted into a fatal bus crash accident last year.
According to truckinginfo.com, the crash that occurred on May 31, 2011 on I-95 in Virginia cost the lives of four bus passengers and serious injuries to 12 others. Among other findings, the report of the accident states that the bus driver suffered from acute sleep loss, poor sleep quality and disruption of his circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is a biological process observed in all living things, from humans to trees. These rhythms are driven by a circadian or biological clock and it is curious to note that this accident happened at 4:55 am, the time of the 24 hours circadian oscillation (day) when the human body temperature is at its lowest and sleep at its deepest.
Similarly, the NTSB report found that the company that owns the bus, Sky Express, failed to “exercise even minimal oversight of its drivers’ rest and sleep activities enabling the drivers to drive while dangerously fatigued”.
Same Applies to Trucking Companies
More importantly, the NTSB report found that “Sky Express passed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration new entrant safety assurance audit despite safety shortcomings in its operation, which indicates the new entrant audit process is not always keeping unsafe carriers from entering the motor carrier industry”.
This does not come as a surprise to the lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano. Throughout our many years of handling hundreds of truck accident cases, we have seen time and again not only how trucking companies routinely pass the new entry safety assurance tests of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (when subsequent investigations of accidents caused by their negligent operation show they shouldn’t have been admitted), but how these trucking companies themselves prompt violations like those that caused this case.
The faster a load is delivered (or a trip completed), the larger the profit made by both the trucking company and the driver. Consequently, we have often seen how greed makes trucking companies set delivery schedules that force their drivers to remain behind the wheel for longer hours than they should.
The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
With more than 75 years of combined professional experience handling truck accident cases, the lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have seen how trucking and bus companies set unreasonable schedules that force their drivers to drive faster or for longer hours than they should, all in the name of profit.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck or a bus, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.
Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Truck Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have represented many clients involved in traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. For more details on the commercial truck accident cases handled by our firm over the years, please visit the Notable Cases section of our website.