Birmingham, AL- Imagine you are behind the wheel of a vehicle that can be up to 65 feet long, and weigh up to 80,000 lbs.? How much training do you think you’d need to drive a vehicle that large? The fact is, it does take a great deal of training to safely drive a commercial truck, and some traffic safety advocates don’t think commercial drivers are getting enough.
In any industry training is of utmost importance but in many workplaces, the amount of training a worker receives is not a matter of life and death. Of course, there are exceptions like construction. Driving a commercial truck is another exception, and lack of training can lead the deaths of motorists and truck drivers.
The majority of truck drivers currently on the road have been doing the job for years. According to the Bureau of Labor, the average age of truck drivers in the U.S. is 55, so many of them have extensive experience and can react appropriately in a dangerous situation. They take pride in driving safely and go to great lengths to avoid an accident.
Truck drivers who have a lot of driving experience have the skills to react properly in a dangerous situation and prevent an accident. A driver with the right training knows how to react if they experience a mechanical problem or tire blow-out.
Under current federal regulations, commercial drivers are required to take a road test, spend at least 10 hours in a classroom, but that is the limit of requirements. Trucking companies and states can require additional training, but on the federal level, truck driver training is very minimal, therefore, there is little consistency. The lack of training rules also gives untrustworthy trucking companies the freedom to put inexperienced truck drivers in these enormous and dangerous trucks.
In February of last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration established a committee to look at federal driving training requirements and develop rules that can improve road safety for truck drivers and other motorists.
In February 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration established a committee to examine driver training requirements and make suggestions that can improve road safety for truck drivers and motorists. The committee will look at how much on-the-road training and classroom training truck drivers should have as well as looking at how CDL programs are classified.
Better driver training will stop some truck accidents, but there is no way to stop them all. A truck accident can forever change a victim’s life and leave them in pain and drowning in debt. If you are one of those victims, USAttorneys urges you to contact a truck accident lawyer in Birmingham, Alabama and discuss your options for recovering compensation from an insurer, trucking company, and at-fault driver.
With one USAttorneys’ attorneys on your side, you’ll be certain to receive the settlement amount you deserve for your devastating crash. Contact one of our truck accident lawyers in Alabama to help you with your injury claim.