When large commercial trucks are involved in highway collisions, it’s motorists and occupants of passenger cars who are most at risk of serious injuries and death. So it’s fair to question whether the training these big rig drivers receive is sufficient for them to learn how to safely avoid accidents.
All truck drivers must earn commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), but simply being in possession of a valid CDL can’t guarantee that drivers aren’t safety risks. This is definitely a situation where experience matters. If truck drivers don’t get enough driving practice in various highway situations and weather conditions, they will be ill-prepared to respond appropriately in emergencies.
The Motor Carrier Safety Administration (MCSA) reports that more than 5,000 individuals die, and another 100,000 suffer injuries in accidents involving big rigs every year in America. It’s estimated that more than a quarter (27 percent) of those wrecks are attributed to inadequate truck driver training.
One reason for this is that there is a nationwide shortage of truckers. This causes companies to advertise heavily to fill the positions and rush to get new hires trained to haul freight. But consequences of insufficient training can include instances of shortcutting corners, swaying into other lanes and jackknifing.
Sadly, far too many trucking companies are willing to take the risk of putting inexperienced drivers with little training behind the wheels of these highway behemoths. The need for drivers to move cargo from Point A to Point B is greater than ensuring drivers have the skills and experience they need to be safe.
If your accident with a big rig trucker may have been caused by the driver’s lack of training, your Houston personal injury attorney may pursue that path in proving the validity of your claim for damages.
Source: Freeway Insurance, “Is Inadequate Training of Truck Drivers Putting Lives at Risk?,” accessed March 02, 2018