Truck Drivers Forced to Ignore Federal Mandated Regulations

With nearly 95 years' of combined experience at Tabor Law Firm representing individuals who have been injured or killed due to a collision with semi-trucks, we continue to see truck driver's falsifying their travel logs in an effort to drive longer than the FMCSA regulates. Despite the many regulations in place by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), the lack of pay truck drivers receive is forcing drivers to log false reports. What's worse- the trucking companies knowingly allow this to happen. Many drivers are now forced to sign lease-to-own truck contracts, indebting them to their own employers, forcing drivers to haul 15-20 hours a week to barely break even financially.

Rene Flores, the latest truck driver to come forward, had been logging false driving reports due to the lack of pay from his employer, Morgan Southern. Though he knew he was not following mandated regulations, he was forced to include false hour reports as he was driving up to 20 hours straight, which is nearly twice the legal limit imposed by the FMCSA. The day after Flores brought his story to USA today, he was fired. Case after case, drivers who have filed complaints or refused to drive beyond regulations have faced retaliation from their employers.

It is no surprise that the company in question is putting the blame on Flores. Morgan Southern's legal representation stated that Flores refused to use electronic logbooks. However, Morgan Southern has been cited 15 times for violations in California according to Department of Transportation records. USA Today investigation also reports that Morgan Southern trucks appear to have exceeded legal limits more than 500 times from 2013-2016. Bottom line, trucking companies are responsible for tracking their workers' hours.

As these stories emerge, we hope that action will be taken against trucking companies for their lack of responsibility to ensure their drivers are following FMCSA mandated regulation. For example, by way of compensating their drivers adequately to end the temptation to drive fast and doctor their log books. If they don't, lives will continue to be needlessly lost due to collisions caused by fatigued drivers. In 2015 there were 136 fatalities involving a commercial vehicle in 2015 (most recent available report). To learn more about Tabor Law Firm's experience representing those who have been seriously injured or needlessly killed due to a collision involving a semi-truck, click here.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a semi-tractor trailer, call Tabor Law Firm today for a free consultation. We're here to guide you through the legal process, and fight for the recovery you deserve.