The State of Illinois and the Metropolitan area of Chicago have tens of thousands of crossroads where hundreds of highways, roadways and interstates converge. Because of that, many residents and visitors are subjected to thousands of truck drivers that travel the state every day. Unfortunately, commercial truckers delivering goods usually face unrealistic deadlines that eventually cause fatigue or distraction on the road. In addition, passenger vehicles are often subjected to the potential of an accident due to the inadequate training of truck drivers on the road.
A Corporate Responsibility To Provide Competent and Qualified Truck Drivers
Trucking companies have a legal responsibility to hire only competent and qualified drivers. This duty extends to all motor vehicle operators on the road. Maintaining this obligation ensures that the driver meets the basic standards of motor safety rules and regulations. Competency and qualifications involve:
- Physical Capabilities – Every driver of a commercial truck or tractor-trailer must be physically qualified to handle the vehicle on the road. This should include adequate hearing, clear vision, and freedom from a variety of medical conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy and alcoholism.
- Completion of a Driving Test – Every driver must be properly licensed after completing a comprehensive commercial truck driving test.
- Pass Background Tests – Trucking companies are legally required to obtain extensive detailed data about every perspective commercial truck driver during the application process. This means that the trucking company must obtain information concerning previous employers, and the driver’s extensive driving record in every state the driver has been licensed over the last 36 months.
In fact, trucking companies are required to follow the strict truck driving Code of Federal Regulations. Compliance includes adhering to requirements where trucking companies provide adequate training to every commercial truck operator before receiving any driver certification. The regulations establish detailed training requirements along with all necessary testing given by qualified instructors.
Aspects of commercial truck operator training often includes safe evasive techniques and maneuvers for avoiding accidents along with proper methods of safely carrying hazardous or dangerous materials. The trucking company must ensure every driver transporting goods and products on the road follows these stringent safety requirements.
Licensing and Certification For Professional Truck Drivers
Inadequate training of truck drivers can lead to serious unsafe conditions on the roadway, especially when driving heavy or overloaded trucks. An improperly trained or completely untrained truck driver can cause serious significant injuries or loss of life of other drivers and passengers who share the road. Trucking companies that employ drivers must ensure that they are trained sufficiently for commercial trucks and LCVs (longer combination vehicles).
Any unqualified commercial truck driver can cause a devastating, catastrophic accident, leading to severe injuries or possible death. This is because tractor-trailers can weigh upwards of 80 tons or more, a substantial weight that can crush passenger automobiles and other vehicle sharing the road.
Proper training, licensing and certification teaches drivers how to handle simple and challenging driving tasks. Even making a basic right turn can be an extensive process, and create blind spots that make it extremely challenging, if not impossible, to view other cars, trucks and vehicles on the roadway. It is essential that every truck driver be more trained and significantly more careful than any other driver on the road. Proper training avoids disastrous consequences that often include:
- Brain injury and brain trauma
- Burn injury
- Loss of limb
- Spinal cord injury
Legal Remedies For People Injured In Truck Accidents With Inexperienced Or Poorly Trained Operators
When any truck driver fails to receive adequate and sufficient training from their employer, the trucking company, driver and management can be held legally responsible for all the damages, injuries and death they cause. Holding the responsible parties accountable for financial compensation is important because victims often need financial recompense for all immediate medical costs, lost wages, damages, pain, suffering, and mental distress.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have experience prosecuting Illinois truck accidents caused by the negligent acts of an inadequately trained driver. While many of these situations are not outwardly apparent, out attorneys have litigated truck injury lawsuits and knows how to elicit information about insufficient training practices employed by many large companies. The law firm at (888) 424-5757 offers a free consultation to determine the best legal strategy to obtain financial compensation. The lawyers are skilled in complicated tort litigation laws and aggressively fight to protect the rights of victims suffering injuries caused by the negligent actions of others. They handle truck accident cases on a contingency basis, receiving payment for their services through an out-of-court settlement or an award at trial. Contact us today!