Truck drivers can’t just fill out a job application and start driving a tractor-trailer the next day – they have to attend hours of training and meet many other requirements before they can log their first hour behind the wheel. A driver who receives inadequate truck driver training is a liability to their employer and a danger to the other drivers sharing the road with them.
If a negligent truck driver caused an accident that left you or a loved one injured, call a Houston truck accident lawyer from The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at (281) 283-8500. We can help you seek the compensation you deserve for your recovery.
Federal Regulations for Truck Drivers
Truck drivers must adhere to strict federal regulations both before and after they are hired by a trucking company. Their training goes beyond just learning how to start the tractor-trailer. To obtain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), they have to master how to:
- Check the blind spot and change lanes safely
- Make wide right-hand turns
- Handle going up and down hills
- Maneuver the truck in inclement weather
- Stop safely
- React if they need to stop suddenly
Drivers who will operate large tractor-trailers or carry hazardous materials on their trucks need to learn an additional group of regulations on top of the basic requirements for a CDL.
A trucker must also learn how to inspect their vehicle for any possible problems. They will have to know how to make sure the oil and fluids are at the right levels, and that the tires are properly inflated and free from bald patches or punctures.
Truck drivers need to take care of themselves. They must be medically cleared to operate their rig, and they have to adhere to the driving hour regulations allotted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). It’s important that drivers adhere to these regulations so they get the proper amount of rest in between trips, and so they aren’t operating their truck while they are overly fatigued. In order to prove they are following these federal regulations, they must keep records of the time they spent on the road.
How to Prove a Drover Was Inadequately Trained
When a truck driver is hired by a trucking company, it’s up to the company to ensure the employee is properly trained before sending them out on the road. The FMCSA’s regulations aren’t just for drivers; the businesses have to comply with the agency’s laws, as well.
Companies need to keep thorough, accurate records of their employee’s:
- Hours and miles spent on the road
- Any violations they may have received
The company must also ensure that each driver obtains a CDL before driving and receives continues training on new trucking rules and regulations.
If a trucking company neglects these important responsibilities and sends inadequately trained truck drivers on the road, these drivers could cause serious accidents. Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, and could cause serious damage to an average sedan.
How a Houston Truck Driver Can Help
When a careless truck driver causes an accident, they are held responsible for the damages. Their employer may also be responsible too, especially if the trucker wasn’t properly trained or hasn’t received continuing education. The Krist Law Firm, P.C. doesn’t believe you should have to pay for the trucking company’s mistakes. Our experienced truck accident attorneys will work tirelessly on your case to see that you get the justice you deserve.
For a no-cost consultation of your case, contact us today at (281) 283-8500.