Unlicensed, Untrained Drivers Shop Behind The Wheel of 18-Wheelers

A few weeks ago, a 6-year old California girl was seriously injured when she was struck by a commercial truck driven by an unlicensed driver. In another case, an unlicensed truck driver and his employer face a $40 million wrongful death lawsuit after his 18-wheeler collided into a vehicle and killed three occupants.

Investigations are Ongoing

State and federal law enforcement officials have ongoing investigations into commercial truck licensing fraud that spans 24 states. These same officials say that there are 1000’s of unskilled, untrained and/or unlicensed drivers on our roads. While trucking laws have been carefully legislated and enforced, they do not guarantee that we will be safe from trucking related personal injuries on our nations roads.

Govt Closes Truckers Down

Just this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered a trucking company to close it’s doors after it repeatedly violated federal law. Violations included: citations for exceeding vehicle weight limits, citations for exceeding tire weight limits, citations for truck drivers lacking a required commercial driver’s license.

Nearly 16 Million Trucks on the Road

There are nearly 16 million trucks on the road in the United States – of those, more than 2 million are commercial tractor trailers. Highly populated and trafficked areas like here in Southern California may have as many as 100,000 commercial trucks on the road at any given time. How many of those are properly trained and licensed? How many have failed to inspect the vehicle? Had too many hours on the road without resting? Not adhered to rules and safety procedures? Transports an unbalanced or excessively heavy load? How many drivers engage in negligent conduct like drug or alcohol use?

Here are some more examples of recent trucking related accidents which will hopefully remind us to be a bit more cautious and aware the next time we get behind a wheel.
In Santa Clarita, California a motorist was killed when his truck lost control and crashed into a tree.

In Maryland, a tractor trailer hauling propane crashed and became engulfed in flames, resulting in the death of the driver. In Alabama, a pickup truck towing a trailer caused an 18-wheeler to lose control, resulting in serious property damage in a business district.

In San Antonio, an 18-wheeler and two motor vehicles collided, sending one man to the hospital. It’s not only unlicensed drivers that pose a threat. When a truck of any size loses control – whether it a brake malfunction on an 18-wheeler, a semi-truck colliding with a passenger vehicle, or a pickup truck striking pedestrians – the consequences almost always involve expensive property damage and in some instances, serious physical damage and even wrongful death.

Options

If you think you or a loved one may have been involved in a negligent trucking accident, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to determine what legal options you may have. Ledger & Associates – one of the premiere law firms in the country – offers free, confidential, detailed evaluations. Please call 1-800-300-0001 or visit the firm’s website ( HYPERLINK “http://www.ledgerlaw.com/”www.ledgerlaw.com) for more information.

About Author

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Michael Ehline is a prolific blogger on California and international tort law. He has been a guest on CNN, discussed in major news publications like Forbes, Circle of Legal Trust, Personal Injury Warriors, and International Cruise Victims. He has lobbied congress on behalf of injured consumers, served as a United States Marine, and won millions of dollars for his clients. This blog discusses Ehline's insights and musings on all aspects of negligence law as it relates to all things "accidents." Ehline can be reached at (213) 596-9642.