NY Limo Crash Leads To Warning From National Transportation Safety Organization
TOLEDO, OH (TruckingNewsNow.com) — The limousine driver who died Sunday when he crashed into an SUV in New York, leaving 20 dead, shouldn’t have been behind the wheel.
The Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, a national transportation safety organization, says the fact that driver Scott Lisnicchia didn’t have a Commercial Drivers License means that he was risking his life — and the lives of everyone he drove — every time he was on the road.
The organization is reminding the public to confirm that their drivers are licensed to drive the vehicles they plan to ride in, before getting inside.
“There is a reason why Commercial Driver’s Licenses are required for passenger vehicles like this,” said nationally renowned truck accident attorney Michael Leizerman, co-founder of the 500-member ATAA. “To obtain a CDL, drivers have to have a certain base of knowledge and obtain a medical certificate. While we don’t yet know why the limo driver ran the stop sign — and we may never learn — the health exam required for the medical certificate would have kept the driver off the road if he had high blood pressure, was taking dangerous prescription medications, or if he had sleep problems.”
The Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys advocates safety nationwide by working to ensure that laws are followed by transportation companies. Its members advocate safety through enforcement, and represent victims and their loved ones following preventable transportation disasters.