In a crash that could have just as easily happened in Lamont or Shafter,
40,000 pounds of lemons spilled onto a highway just outside Val Verde.
The wreck, which involved two large trucks and a passenger car, killed
two people and shut down State Route 126 for several hours. A flatbed
truck apparently overturned, spilling its cargo as it careened across
the roadway. The truck and passenger car, which were evidently unable
to stop, were also caught up in the collision.
wreck also caused considerable guardrail damage which may take several months
Wrecks like this one, which involve an overturned or partially-overturned
large truck, always draw a great deal of government scrutiny, due to the
high possibility of truck driver fault. So, it is more important than
ever for truckers to keep a close watch on their
Safety Management System scores.
The acronym-happy Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration uses the
SMS score to keep track of seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement
- Unsafe driving, including speeding and improper lane change,
- Hours of Service compliance, which normally involves a recordkeeping violation,
- Vehicle maintenance, including “fix-it” tickets and overload
- Hazardous Materials violations, and
An artificially high score means higher commercial insurance rates for
owner-operators and possible job loss for other truckers.
The FMCSA is a safety advocate that is not trucker friendly, which partially
explains why the agency uses law enforcement data to calculate the score.
By pumping up the scores a few points, the agency can take more drivers
off the road and create the appearance that it is taking action against
An attorney can help lower your score by correcting inaccuracies; for example,
if a driver takes care of a fix-it ticket, the citation often still shows
up on the SMS score.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
Call today at 661-349-9300 or email
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