South Carolina Trucker Banned from Operating Commercial Vehicles after Fatal Crash

A truck driver licensed in South Carolina has recently been prohibited from operating any commercial vehicles by authorities at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). According to the announcement, this federal order was handed down following a fatal truck accident involving the driver.

Background on the Truck Accident

As the FMCSA report explains, the deadly crash at the center of this case occurred on February 8, 2016 on Interstate 77 in Chester County, South Carolina. Just after 3 am, the trucker driver reportedly smashed into the back of a passenger vehicle, pushing the vehicle off of the road and causing it to rollover. One of the occupants of the passenger vehicle was fatally injured as a result of the rollover.

Following the collision, the trucker reportedly fled the scene, taking the front bumper that had fallen off of his truck with him to discard at a different location. The truck driver, who completed the delivery of his cargo following the crash, returned to his employer and reported that he had been in a crash with a deer.

Subsequent investigations – conducted by federal officials with the FMCSA, as well as local law enforcement authorities – ultimately revealed that:

  • The trucker had falsified his on-duty records, trying to claim he was not in Chester County on the date of the fatal accident. This violated hours-of-service regulations.
  • The trucker was, in fact, the motorist responsible for the deadly hit-and-run collision.
  • Over the previous 8 months, the trucker had been involved in at least two other collisions – one in July 2015 (when a failure to slow with traffic caused a rear-end collision) and another in November 2015 (when an improper lane change resulted in a rear-end collision).

At this time, it is not clear if the trucker will appeal the FMCSA out-of-service order or whether he will work with authorities to resolve the violations.

Financial Recoveries after Deadly Truck Accidents

Following a fatal truck accident – or any deadly traffic crash, the impacts can be profoundly devastating for surviving loved ones. Although no amount of money can ever make up for these losses, pursuing financial recovery can be important to:

  • Holding the negligent party (or parties) accountable – While the trucker in this situation is likely one negligent party, the trucking company that employed this driver – and that allowed him to get behind the wheel after causing two prior rear-end collisions – may also be liable.
  • Obtaining compensation to cover expenses like funeral costs, medical bills, etc.

As a result, a wrongful death case can be the key to survivors’ overall recoveries.

Contact a Columbia SC Personal Injury Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been injured in a truck crash – or if you have lost someone you love to any type of deadly traffic collision, contact a Columbia SC personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for clear answers about your rights and options for proceeding, as well as effective legal advocacy moving forward.

You can call our firm at 866-881-8623 or email us via the contact form on this page to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

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