How does this happen?
According to Peachtree City truck accident attorneys, it is usually people looking for decent-paying jobs who buy their credentials from shady firms that falsify documents, including addresses and test results. Many firms sell these fake credentials for sums up to $1,500. For more money, they can provide answers to the written test. Many people can get help on the exam. The people may fail the driving test, but they receive their license anyway. The combination of lack of skill and lack of knowledge leads to deadly accidents caused by truck driver negligence. If you or a loved one is a victim, get legal help right away.
The unfortunate part is that many of these companies selling fraudulent licenses are headed by state officials. The people who are supposed to keep citizens safe are sometimes the ones running these schemes. On top of that, only 11 states notify trucking companies when their drivers receive a citation, so if the drivers do not tell their employers, they can continue to drive and cause more accidents.
Truck Driver Qualifications
Because driving a commercial truck is a huge responsibility, there are strict state and federal trucking industry laws that potential truck drivers must abide by in order to become certified. To qualify for a commercial truck license, truck drivers must have a clean driving record and pass both a written test and driving test to ensure that they have the skills to drive a truck. If drivers have had their licenses revoked or suspended in the past, they will be unable to qualify for a commercial license.
In addition, potential drivers must pass a physical examination, which assesses their ability, to move, hear and see. They must also be free of dangerous medical conditions such as diabetes or epilepsy. In addition, applicants must not have any felonies related to drugs or alcohol on their criminal record.
Contacting Peachtree City Truck Accident Lawyers
If you were involved in an accident caused by truck driver negligence, you need legal help. Peachtree City truck accident attorneys can determine what laws apply to your case. The Law Offices of Shane Smith will give your case the attention it deserves. Call them today at 404-513-5415, and ask about our free booklet 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case