Operating a commercial motor vehicle safely involves more than taking a course and practicing for a few hours. Truck drivers require extensive training before they can handle a large truck safely and effectively. Training involves not only learning to use different types of brakes, transmissions, and other systems, but it also meaning understanding how to react to situations such as inclement weather, traffic, blown tires, and narrow roadways.
Without adequate training, truck drivers are more likely to cause a crash where another more experienced driver would be able to avoid the collision or at least minimize the damage. If you incurred injury in an accident with a commercial truck, one of the first things we look at is if driver error was the result of inexperience or inadequate training.
The country is in the midst of a truck driver shortage. Because of the long hours and lifestyle of those in commercial trucking, companies have a hard time hiring and retaining employees. Sometimes, desperation to get truckers out on the road and moving goods can cause trucking companies to cut corners and neglect proper training. Inadequate driver training can result in disaster. An inexperienced driver may:
While driver error may cause an accident, the truck driver’s employer is ultimately responsible for hiring and retaining qualified drivers. Truck companies have important legal responsibilities throughout several parts of a trucker’s employment:
Since each truck driver is a representative of their employer, a trucking company is ultimately responsible for his or her actions. When driver error plays a role in a truck accident, it’s often a matter of negligent hiring or improper training.
A personal injury claim will help victims of trucking accidents gain compensation for their injuries. Types of damages include:
Contact the accident attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP for help understanding the implications of a commercial vehicle accident. We will help you determine the parties responsible and gain compensation for your injuries. We offer our legal services on a contingency-fee basis, which means you’ll only owe a fee if we win a settlement or court judgment.
Don’t pay the price for someone else’s negligence. Contact us online or call us at (800) 213-5343 today to schedule your free case evaluation.