When you see a commercial truck driving down the road, your first assumption isn’t that something nefarious is afoot. You just go about your business, attempting to safely pass as usual. You already know that commercial trucks pose a danger on the roadways. Did you ever stop to think about whether the driver behind the wheel of that big rig actually belong there, legally?
Theft of commercial vehicles is big business across the country, and has been for years. Nobody is really stunned at the lengths criminals go to steal anymore. They’re even stealing commercial trucks to get to the items they haul and sell them on the black market. It’s not horribly shocking until you realize that these thieves don’t always have a commercial driver’s license, or proper training to maneuver an 80,000 pound vehicle through traffic. They’re endangering ordinary drivers – even other truck drivers – on the road and increasing the risk of causing truck accidents.
According to CargoNet, New Jersey falls into the medium high risk category for cargo theft, which means you may encounter a stolen eighteen wheeler being driven by someone who isn’t concerned about truck safety.
Now, not only do we have to worry about the anticipated hazards of commercial trucks, but also the added danger of criminals careening down the roadways in oversized vehicles with a primary goal of evading law enforcement. There were approximately 50 cargo thefts per month last year that were logged by the commercial trucking industry. That doesn’t include delivery vehicles like UPS or FedEx, or even U-Hauls used to commit cargo and store thefts. Stolen product has to get transported somehow and sometimes renting or stealing a moving truck is seen as the way to go by criminals.
These are thieves of opportunity who have not received training on how to properly operate large vehicles, making them excessively more dangerous. Commercial truck drivers are required to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for a reason. Aside from the basic legal requirements to obtain the license, practical skills are required. Knowing how to safely pass other vehicles, move through intersections, where all of the operational controls are and how to use them, and even how to maneuver based upon what the truck is carrying are all unknown to those who steal trucks.
If you happen to be involved in a motor vehicle accident with a stolen commercial truck, you’ll be stuck in a quagmire of dealing with the insurance companies, which will become overly complicated in these cases. To ensure you are protected, you would greatly benefit from the assistance of a qualified attorney who knows the intricacies of the legal system.
The New Jersey truck accident attorneys at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP understand the danger of driving on the same roads with commercial trucks. It can cause devastation in an instant that you may be forced to suffer with for the rest of your life. If you or a loved one has been injured by a truck, our seasoned and caring attorneys are available to explain your rights and guide you through your legal options. To schedule your free, no obligation consultation in our Edison, Toms River, or Red Bank offices, call 732-777-0100, or we welcome you to reach out to us through our contact page to tell us your story.