In a move that’s sure to lead to even more scrutiny on commercial
operator safety records, a preliminary report found that a semi-truck
driver was responsible for a
fiery 2014 crash that killed 10 people.
After a year-long investigation, the CHP concluded that 32-year-old Tim
Evans crossed a median and slammed his FedEx truck head-on into a tour
bus, apparently without braking or steering. Officials seemed to discount
earlier speculation that Mr. Evans fell asleep or was fatigued, noting
that he was an on-call driver who was finishing an eight-hour shift after
having slept between eight and ten hours the previous night. The driver’s
body was so badly burned that investigators could not perform chemical
tests for drugs and alcohol.
A California court recently held that FedEx drivers are employees and not
independent contractors, so the Memphis-based shipping giant could be
on the hook for tens of millions in damages. A $100 million lawsuit is
The most important metric in determining a trucker’s safety record is a
Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories score. The government harvests data concerning:
- Fatigued driving,
- Unsafe operating and driver fitness,
- Vehicle maintenance,
- Substance abuse, and
- Safety violations.
Most of the data comes from law enforcement sources, so it may be inaccurate.
If a trucker gets a traffic ticket in Mojave because of a safety violation,
and the judge later dismisses the ticket, the infraction may still show
up on a BASIC score.
Violations are also supposed to fall off a report after a certain amount
of time, depending on the type of infraction. Sometimes they do, and sometimes
An attorney can review your BASIC score to keep it
as low as possible which minimizes your risk and your insurance rates while maximizing your
attractiveness to potential employers and clients.
Commercial truckers are under intense scrutiny. You need an experienced
traffic attorney working to protect your record.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
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