Wrongdoing In The Trucking Industry
Considering how highly regulated the trucking industry is, you may wonder how truck drivers and truck companies can continue to commit the acts of negligence that lead to 18-wheeler accidents. The truth is that, while the vast majority of truck drivers and truck companies are honest and law-abiding, there will always be a few that will cut any corner to protect themselves or make an extra buck.
A recent article by Overdrive Online lists several of the bizarre schemes that have recently been attempted by truck drivers, truck companies and other individuals in the trucking industry. The first involves a truck driver who threatened physical harm against a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) inspector over a fine.
The second scheme discussed in the article involves a group of aspiring truck drivers who bought the answers to their commercial driver’s license (CDL) exams in an attempt to cheat their way into the trucking industry. The third involves a drug test provider who forged doctor’s signatures and falsified the results of truck driver drug tests.
These schemes clearly demonstrate a lack of respect for safety regulations. Thankfully, the guilty parties in these examples were all caught and prosecuted. Had they not been, how many truck accidents would have resulted? How many accidents would have been caused by safety violations, untrained drivers or drugged drivers?
Perhaps the scariest question of all is: How many of these schemes slip through the cracks? When they do, and when they lead to truck wrecks, our Austin attorneys will work to see that the negligent parties are held accountable.