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Inexperienced Truck Accidents

Do New Truck Drivers Cause Accidents?

Accidents with 18-wheelers are often overwhelming and can lead to property damage, catastrophic injuries, and wrongful death. While some accidents are inevitable and occur despite everyone's efforts to avoid the accident, many accidents each year can be prevented if truck driver negligence and inexperience did not play a role. If you believe that your accident was caused by an inexperienced truck driver, do not wait to speak to an attorney about your situation.

Consultation with our truck accident lawyers is free when you dial (888) 493-1629.

Federal Regulations for Commercial Drivers

Per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, truck drivers must adhere to many different safety qualifications and rules before getting behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. First, all truck drivers are supposed to undergo pre-employment drug and alcohol screening, in addition to random screens throughout their career. Part 383 of the FMCSR outlines the laws regarding the commercial driver's license requirements and penalties for failing to obtain the proper licensing.

If an employer knowingly allows an unlicensed driver behind the wheel, they may be held liable.

The real danger of an inexperienced truck driver is that they may simply be unaware of the extensive laws and regulations surrounding commercial trucking and may violate the law as a result. For example, an inexperienced truck driver may not fully understand the Hours-of-Service regulations and their time limit on driving. Excited and ready to hit the road, the driver may want to continue driving past the limit because he or she is simply unaware that it is against the law and an extreme safety hazard. As a result, the new driver may cause a catastrophic trucking accident after falling asleep behind the wheel.

The Problems Caused By Licensing Fraud

While many people are aware that a huge problem in the trucking industry is unskilled truck drivers, what they do not know is that many of these drivers are not even legally permitted to operate a commercial vehicle. However, with a ballooning trucking industry (interstate trucking companies have gone from 20,000 to over 550,000 since 1980) many people may forge commercial licenses in order to obtain work. "Third party" testers have also been found that are paid to falsify exams.

This doesn't just mean that people are gaining employment fraudulently—it means that unskilled drivers on the road may cause accidents that could have otherwise been avoided. The government is actively investigating trucking agencies to find out if they are employing drivers with faulty commercial trucking licenses. Investigations conducted by the Department of Transportation have uncovered these licensing schemes in 24 states, with other investigations going on in 13 other states.

There are several reasons why licensing fraud poses such a risk to people on the road. Not only are drivers forced to drive amongst potentially tens of thousands of unqualified drivers, but, as safety advocates note, it also creates a risk of home land security. After all, drivers with such sham licenses may get jobs where they transport hazardous materials.

Licensing fraud puts our nation's drivers at risk and is no small issue. In a 2006 report from the Department of Transportation, there were 15,000 suspected fraudulent license holders spread across 27 states. 30+ states have reported such cases of commercial license fraud throughout recent years and many of the "suspect" license holders reported by DOT are later found to have had their CDL previously taken away or voluntarily released.

Did An Inexperienced Truck Driver Cause Your Accident? Call (888) 493-1629 Now for the Help You Deserve

At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we are prepared to use our experience to provide you with the legal stability that you deserve. We understand of all aspects of truck accident law and how to correctly navigate a case to fight for the best possible result. With an accident caused by an inexperienced truck driver, it may be difficult to prove the truck driver's or employer's negligence actually led to the accident. The quality representation of your trucking accident lawyer will be the key to a successful outcome in this case.

To take the first step toward recovering the compensation that you deserve, contact us at (888) 493-1629. An initial consultation is free and will help you decide what to do next.

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  • $12 Million Massive Settlement Obtained for Truck Driver Arnold & Itkin is proud to announce that our firm has secured a $12 million settlement on behalf a truck driver who was crushed by his own cargo—which then led directly to a stroke. The driver, who was 56 years old at the time, now requires costly ...
  • $10 Million Settlement Obtained for Family Affected by Fatal Vehicle Accident Our firm represented the family of two people who were killed after their vehicle was hit by an 18-wheeler running a red light. We were successful in reaching an eight figure settlement on their behalf.
  • $10 Million Settlement Won for Family Against Negligent Trucking Company Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, and Ces Tavares represented a family who had lost their father in a tragic 18-wheeler accident. He was driving home when a trucker made a dangerous maneuver and caused a massive collision. The trucking company ...
  • $3.2 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Husband & Wife Attorney Cory Itkin represented a husband and wife who were injured after being hit by two semi-trucks. The wife sustained back injures while the husband was knocked unconscious; he needed several surgeries. Our firm was successful in reaching a ...
  • $2.1 Million Settlement Obtained for Truck Accident Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a multimillion-dollar settlement for a man who suffered severe neck and back injuries in a truck accident. Our firm aggressively pursued the case until the defendant settled with our client days before trial.
  • $2 Million Large Settlement Obtained for Grieving Family Arnold & Itkin is proud to have secured a massive settlement for a family who lost their loved one due to the negligence and reckless action of a commercial vehicle driver. Our work will allow our clients to live in financial stability while they ...
  • $1.6 Million Large Settlement Reached for Victim of Severe Truck Accident Truck accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin secured a sizable settlement for a client who was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler on the highway. Her injuries required multiple surgeries, but the defendants refused to take responsibility. Her $1.6 million ...
  • $1.5 Million Big Rig Accident Victim Received Jury Verdict Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $1.5 million verdict on behalf of a client who suffered a torn meniscus when he was bumped by a tractor trailer. We are especially pleased with this result because the defendants accepted no responsibility for the injury ...
  • $1.5 Million Jury Verdict Ruled in Favor of Longshoreman Arnold & Itkin obtained a $1.55 million verdict on behalf of a client who was seriously injured when a yard mule driver collided with the pickup truck in which he was standing. The defendants only offered to settle for $35,000 while denying the ...
  • $1.49 Million Settlement for Man Struck by a Truck Our firm helped represent a client who was severely injured after he was struck by a truck. We helped recover $1.49 million on his behalf.
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