The truth is that unlicensed, underqualified truck drivers are a common cause of truck crashes in Alpharetta, throughout Georgia, and across this nation. Many truckers are operating illegally, all throughout the country: A 2006 investigation by the U.S. Department of Transportation revealed that more than 5,000 drivers in 27 states had invalid commercial driving licenses.
The problem is happening right here in Georgia, too, and can be seen in the following examples:
- According to an investigation by the Chicago Tribune, a truck driving school in Macon, Georgia, paid private, third-party testers to falsify exams for more than 600 students. After the scam was exposed, the students were forced to retest; however, only 142 passed the exam.
- Georgia was among the states reported to have cases of commercial license fraud.
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered two Georgia-based bus companies to cease operations for failing to conduct alcohol and drug tests on drivers, operating without the required level of insurance, failure to ensure that drivers obey the hours-of-service requirements, and failure to ensure drivers’ qualification requirements.
How Do Truck Drivers Commit Commercial License Fraud?
Truck drivers can participate in commercial license fraud by committing forgery, falsifying residency, buying a black market illegal driver’s license, or paying a third party to take the test or fabricate the results of the test.
When a trucker gains employment with a truck company fraudulently, the trucking company may or may not be aware of it. Sometimes, the trucking companies are the ones who have paid third parties to falsify tests. In either case, trucking companies are supposed to conduct background checks and thorough investigations of their applicants before placing a driver at the wheel of a big rig.
Although FMCSA is working to shut down unsafe trucking companies and remove illegal truckers from the road, there are still trucking companies and underqualified truckers that are putting the public at risk for incurring injuries in a truck accident.
If you were involved in a trucking accident in Georgia, call the experienced Alpharetta personal injury lawyers at Kalka & Baer to get help collecting the compensation you deserve.