Truck drivers are required to have a commercial license to operate their vehicles. In general, drivers of large trucks and tractor-trailers are also expected to have at least two years of commercial driving experience as well as appropriate training so they know how to safely operate their vehicle.
Unfortunately, there are situations when drivers operate vehicles they are not familiar with. This can lead to terrible accidents that cause devastating injury. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene represents those who have been hurt in truck crashes as well people whose family members died in collisions. Our attorneys can help you take legal action if you or a loved one was hurt by a trucker who was driving a vehicle he did not know how to safely operate.
Driving a truck is very different from driving a passenger vehicle. Drivers need to know:
A wreck can occur when drivers don’t know or observe these critical safety precautions. As Business Insider reports, there is a major shortage of qualified truck drivers in the United States and the problem is likely to get much worse. The American Trucking Association estimates that the country is short around 30,000 qualified drivers, and around 90 percent of carriers cannot find enough who meet the criteria set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
With a shortage of inexperienced drivers, trucking companies may hire people with more limited training and less experience, making it more likely that trucks will be operated by those who are not as familiar as they should be with the vehicle.
Every driver on the road has an obligation to exercise reasonable care, and truck drivers are expected to know how to safely operate their vehicles to protect the public. When a trucker doesn’t have enough familiarity with a truck and a collision occurs, victims or their family members may pursue a claim to have their economic and non-financial losses covered. This can include compensation from the trucker for pain and suffering, income loss, medical expenses, emotional distress or wrongful death.
Trucking companies are responsible both for negligent hiring or training practices and for the actions of their workers, so victims may also pursue a claim against a trucker’s employer.
It is up to victims to prove that:
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene has extensive experience with complex truck accident claims and can help you make your case for compensation. Call today to request a free consultation with a lawyer.