SC Trucker Made False Statements About Tractor Trailer Reckless Homicide Indictment
After being indicted for false statements in September 2014, in January 2015, a former tractor trailer driver in South Carolina has pleaded guilty to the charges, which accuse him of illegally hiding his previous indictment on reckless homicide charges from his new employer in North Carolina.
On September 2nd, 2014, Arnold Williams was indicted by the federal court in Raleigh, North Carolina of making false statements on a commercial driver employment application. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all professional truck and tractor trailer drivers to report all previous accidents on their employment applications. Williams failed to do so.
The tractor trailer accident in question occurred in North Charleston, South Carolina, in February 2013. Williams caused a deadly tractor trailer accident while operating the tractor trailer in the area, which resulted in 1 fatality and three serious injuries. Williams was charged with reckless homicide and open container violations – serious offenses, especially for professional truck drivers.
As a result of the criminal charges, Williams was terminated from his job in South Carolina. By April of that year, he applied for a job with a small trucking firm in North Carolina, where he failed to report the previous accident and criminal charges for reckless homicide. He left that part of the form blank; when the owner of the trucking company saw the blank space, he asked Williams in person whether or not he had been in a tractor trailer accident in the last 3 years, and Williams falsely stated that he had not.
On January 26th, 2015, Williams officially entered a guilty plea for the false statement indictment.
Columbia, SC Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys
Tractor trailers trucking accidents cause on average 500,000 accidents each year. While the average car on the road weighs approximately 3,000 pounds, tractor trailers and their cargo can weigh in as heavy as 80,000 pounds. When you combine the sheer size of an 18 wheeler truck and negligent driving due to poor training or overworked drivers, trucking accidents happen. South Carolina tractor trailer wrecks can be catastrophic, leaving a victim with serious injuries, and even leading to wrongful death.
We know that many truck accident injuries do not appear serious at first, but that they may, in fact, plague the victim for life. Our South Carolina Reckless Homicide attorneys and support staff are experienced in this regard and can aggressively pursue compensation for all your injuries, both current and future.
The Strom Law Firm Defends Accident Victims in Tractor Trailer Lawsuits
The Strom Law Firm’s South Carolina trucking accident attorneys will carefully analyze all aspects of the tractor trailer accident. We will study the sequence of events, road conditions, and mechanical factors which led to the collision. If retained early enough, Strom Law Firm will report to the scene of the accident with an expert in accident reconstruction to help understand the accident scene. Often, we find that a tractor trailer accident report fails to correspond with the true events and conditions that lead to the wreck – facts which may be beneficial to your case. If you or someone you love has been injured in a tractor trailer accident, contact the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case. 803.252.4800