The employer of the tractor-trailer driver involved in a fatal Dallas accident Monday had numerous traffic safety violations. The Red Bird area accident tragically killed four people, including two children and a pregnant woman.
Southeastern AG Transport Inc. based in Rienzi, Mississippi transports lumbar, poles, beams, logs and other building materials. The company racked up multiple unsafe driving violations and speeding tickets. One of its drivers was involved in a nonfatal accident in August 2014 and another was cited for using or being under the influence of drugs a month later.
Inspection violations included inoperative turn signals, broken lights, unsecured vehicle equipment and worn tire treads.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) violation records indicate that Southeastern AG Transport had enormous recent out of service rates of 33.3 percent for its trucks and 10.7 for its drivers. The national averages were 20.7 percent for vehicles and 5.5 percent for truck drivers.
Why Was Dangerous Truck Company Allowed to Continue Operating?
The investigation into Monday’s tragic truck accident is still ongoing and the cause has yet to be determined. But, if the company’s history is any indication, I suspect inspectors will find that a negligent driver, poorly maintained vehicle, or both, caused the collision.
The horrific crash occurred around 6:35 a.m. on Monday. The driver smashed into the SUV on the flyover that connected traffic from westbound Interstate 20 to southbound Interstate 35E.
The impact of the crash ruptured the truck’s gas tank and both vehicles burst into flames. Burning wood toppled to the shoulder of I-35E and a grassy area 50 feet below, complicating rescue efforts.
The driver walked away from the fiery crash uninjured.
Berenson Injury Law Advocates for Stronger Truck Law Enforcement
Berenson Injury Law has helped victims of tractor-trailer crashes for 35 years. I am appalled whenever a trucking company continues to flout safety regulations. We advocate for strong safety enforcement because a company with multiple violations should not be allowed to continue operating.
If you have been injured or your loved one was killed in a tractor-trailer accident in Texas, contact our Fort Worth law office for a free case evaluation.