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Case offers another apparent liability layer in truck accidents

No two accidents are ever alike. That's one reason victims wondering about their options related to compensation for their injuries should always consult with an attorney. But as we have said before, most recently in a post last month, truck accidents can be particularly complicated matters to deal with.

Texas crashes involving semitractor-trailer trucks tend to result in the most serious injuries. And because of business structuring in the trucking industry, penetrating the layers of entities that might deserve to be held accountable for compensation and recovery can be difficult. 

The industry also is subject to a great deal of federal and state regulation. At any given level more individuals can have a hand in influencing the conditions that can contribute to a crash. Whether they deserve to be held accountable in some way is something that needs to be investigated and experienced attorneys tend to be those best equipped to undertake that work.

As our post last month observed, there are bad actors in every walk of life. The trucking industry is no exception. And a federal case out of New York suggests how broadly the tentacles of alleged wrongdoing can extend.

U.S. officials have charged a doctor in that state with fraudulently certifying applicants for commercial driver's licenses as being healthy enough to drive heavy commercial vehicles. Prosecutors say the doctor is approved to administer the mandatory CDL physicals, but that in some instances he didn't bother.

In other cases, he allegedly had other employees at his clinic who are not qualified or certified to perform the exams handle the task.

Prosecutors say the doctor's conduct compromised the safety of pedestrians and drivers alike. If he is convicted he could face a 15-year prison term.

In light of these allegations it seems fair to wonder how many truck drivers on the road may pose a hazard because they are unfit to be behind the wheel. 

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