Phony Trucker Medical Exam Results Put All Motorists at Risk

In what is being seen as an alarming trend, a record number of commercial truck drivers were cited - nearly one million of them in the past five years alone - for failing to provide required documentation that they were physically fit enough to handle the task of controlling a large truck. Federal and state laws alike require truckers to pass a yearly physical exam in order to prove that they do not have any medical conditions that would affect their ability to safely operate the vehicle. As seen by the sharp uptick in citations, more and more truck drivers are either failing to get exams at all or are faking the results in order to stay behind the wheel.

Even though there are laws requiring that drivers be medically authorized to drive, there is no standardized method of determining when a trucker has legitimately been examined by a qualified physician. Truckers and doctors are allowed to create and use whatever form of documentation they choose in order to "prove" that they have been examined and do not have any medical conditions that could potentially cause them to lose consciousness or ability while on the road.

Since the laws are currently lax as to both enforcement of the regulation requiring truck drivers to be physically fit enough to stay in control of their vehicles and punishment of violators (most are merely given a slap on the wrist and allowed to get right back on the road), there could be countless drivers on the road right now who are essentially ticking time bombs. Given the sheer size and weight of semi trucks, dump trucks and other commercial vehicles, an unfit truck driver who suddenly loses control could easily cause a catastrophic truck accident which results in serious or fatal injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a commercial truck whose driver hid a medical condition in order to stay behind the wheel, you may be entitled to seek compensation. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area today to learn more about your legal rights and options.