Trucker named 2021 Driver of the Year by insurance company

Updated May 27, 2022
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An Alabama truck driver has been honored by a major insurance company.

Fundamental Underwriters, a division of AF Group and a specialty managing general underwriter with expertise in commercial auto insurance, recently named Richard Lewis of Mobile, Alabama-based Wright Transportation as its 2021 Driver of the Year.

Richard Lewis (left) with Dan O’Brien, loss control manager for Fundamental Underwriters.Richard Lewis (left) with Dan O’Brien, loss control manager for Fundamental Underwriters.The award is presented annually to drivers in the commercial trucking industry with an exemplary driving record, who demonstrate strong leadership and make significant contributions toward a positive safety culture within their organization, according to a statement from the insurance company.

Lewis, who joined Wright Transportation in 2010, has since driven over 1.5 million safe miles, and in 2021, earned high praise for his efforts to help Wright manage the supply chain issues that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I can't say enough good things about Richard," said Daniel Wright, president of Wright Transportation. "From the smile on his face to his daily safety practices, he leaves his mark on that day. He leads by example, not by words, and I'm very excited that Richard is Fundamental Underwriters' Driver of the Year."

Noting the significance of the award, Abel Travis, vice president of Fundamental Underwriters, said, "Our Driver of the Year award was created to acknowledge the outstanding safety achievements of drivers insured by Fundamental Underwriters. Richard's accomplishments at Wright Transportation exemplify a commitment to safety that is unparalleled, and we are so pleased to recognize his efforts with this award."

Since its founding in 1999, Wright Transportation has grown from five trucks to over 200, becoming one of the largest and fastest-growing carriers in the region.