Trucker With Many Previous Traffic Citations As School Bus Driver Involved In Amtrak Crash That Resulted In Six Deaths
As an experienced Pennsylvania trucking and commercial carrier accident attorney, I have noticed a disturbing trend in the past few years that has also been highlighted by the press resulting in recent governmental inquiries and investigations, namely that many individuals who have been operating trucks and buses have a disturbing history involving traffic accidents and reckless behavior in their past. A recent investigation has noted that the deaths of six people in last Friday’s Amtrak train and truck crash in the Nevada desert involved a truck driver who had a long history of speeding, using a cell phone while driving and causing other injury accidents. The history of his reckless driving also included that he was found to be at fault in a prior freeway crash in 2007 and received many traffic citations earlier as a school bus driver in California. Investigators remain mystified as to why the truck driver failed to stop at a railroad crossing despite the fact that all warning lights and gates were working at the crossing and were easily visible for up to a mile in the flat desert area in Nevada. As a result of the train’s crash with the truck, six individuals died and others were burned and others remain unaccounted for.
The Pennsylvania trucking accident attorneys of Reiff & Bily have recently joined forces with the Beasley Firm to create the Beasley Reiff Law Group. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families and we hope that the government and trucking companies do not continue to drag their feet when conducting background checks and investigating those who driver their vehicles and are entrusted to have full knowledge of the laws and regulations governing our roads and highways. I question how an individual with such a prior record could have been hired by this trucking company and join forces calling for a careful analysis and investigation of the factors leading to this accident.
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