Oklahoma, OK- With an eye on road safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed a plan that would require additional hands-on training entry-level truck drivers, but they are facing resistance for the trucking industry which is facing a driver shortfall.
The 26-member FMCSA advisory committee, which includes members of the trucking and insurance industry, proposed a rule which will require new bus and truck drivers complete 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training in addition to their class room training, according to Transportation Topics News.
The trucking industry resists the 30-hour training rule, especially when there is a shortage of qualified truck drivers, noting that such a rule puts and strain on smaller trucking companies, according the journal, Business Insurance. Trucking industry representatives on the advisory committee suggested a rule that would reduce behind-the-wheel training requirements below thirty hours for drivers who perform well and master the skills needed to drive a commercial truck.
The FMCSA will open a rulemaking period for the new proposal in fall.
Of course a truck driver learns valuable skills on the road, but those skills can’t come at the cost of a person’s life or good health.
Take for instance, a fatal accident which occurred on a California highway last July and left a young college student dead and at least nine people injured. That accident occurred on a crowded freeway when traffic suddenly came to a stop because of work zone, causing a novice truck driver to slam into a line of cars. Nine people were injured and a young college student, Daniel McGuire, was killed.
The responsible truck driver told investigators that the brakes on his truck failed and because of his inexperience he was unable to avoid the collision. He made evasive maneuvers but they were not sufficient enough to keep the devastating crash from happening.
In the aftermath of the accident, McGuire’s family began the push to increasing training requirements for entry-level truck drivers. Included in Daniel’s Law is a proposal for tiered licensing system based on the driver’s experience, the truck they are driving and the difficulty of the road.
The FMCSA proposal may not go as far as Daniel’s Law, but some additional training requirements may help buck the trend of growing truck accident rates. Better training won’t prevent all truck accidents since many truck drivers engage in risky driving behaviors in spite of their training. When you have been injured of lost a loved one in commercial truck accident, you will avoid jeopardizing your injury claim by speaking to an Oklahoma truck accident attorney immediately.
Getting a fair settlement for a truck accident is not as easy at seems. Even though the cause of an accident may be readily apparent, the liable parties will do all they can to limit the amount of compensation they must pay a victim. It’s not personal, but accident victims need to be equally matched. Retaining a truck accident attorney in Oklahoma to work on your injury claim will ensure that you have a favorable outcome to your case. USAttorneys can connect you with knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer in your area to help you with your accident case.