I always grip the steering wheel a bit tighter when a big rig truck comes barreling along next to me on the highway. And for good reason – as a personal injury attorney, I know that truck accidents can be deadly. According to a report released earlier this year, more than 3,700 people died in trucking accidents nationwide in 2011. Perhaps even more frightening, when looking at two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck and resulting in death, 97% of the fatalities were occupants in the passenger vehicle. Another report issued earlier this year, by the trucking industry itself, found that most trucking companies were underinsured and that damages in trucking accidents often exceeded the federally mandated minimum insurance amount of $750,000.
If that were not enough, prosecutors in New York recently charged more than a dozen people with fraud and making false statements after uncovering a commercial driver’s license cheating scam. As part of the scheme, over 60 people cheated on their New York commercial driver’s license test. Be careful out there!