Licenses For Cash
A recent news story in Overdrive, an online news source for the trucking industry, reports that Department of Transportation employees in Utah and Michigan have been charged in connection with accepting bribes in exchange for issuing commercial driver's licenses to drivers who had not passed the requisite tests.
In the Utah case, a man was charged in March for falsely certifying that an applicant for a CDL license passed the road test when, in fact, the applicant drove over multiple curbs during the test. The accused accepted a $150 bribe for the passing score.
Meanwhile, two former DOT employees in Michigan pleaded guilty to forgery and bribery for their roles in a CDL fraud scheme. According to the Online story, the two former DOT officials took more than $4,000 in cash bribes in return for falsifying documents stating that CDL applicants had passed CDL skills tests when they had not.
According to the Online story, the fraud scheme resulted in the Michigan Secretary of State invalidating 85 CDL tests. The affected drivers were required to retest in order to have their CDL driving privileges restored.
Why Experienced Injury Lawyers Are Important
It is unlikely that these are isolated incidents. Commercial truck drivers, whether legally licensed or not, break laws regularly. When they do, and when it results in an accident that causes serious injury, they and their employers should be held accountable.
Of course, a trucking company is unlikely to admit violating federal regulations. That's why it is critical to enlist the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury law firm like Rehm, Bennett & Moore if you or a loved one is seriously injured in a truck accident, or if a loved one is killed in an accident involving a commercial vehicle.
These personal injury cases require extensive investigation in order to build the type of strong case that will maximize the amount you recover. Truck accidents can change people's lives. When they do, it is important to hold the negligent party responsible so the victim does not suffer financially.