POORLY TRAINED TRUCK DRIVERS CAUSE ACCIDENTS
Truck drivers are in high demand. Most of the products you buy in the store get there by truck. As a result, there are a lot of trucks on the road at any given time. Unfortunately, because so many truck drivers are needed, and the desire to keep prices low, companies often do not train their drivers properly. Our firm has handed many cases where a truck causes a serious accident car accident.
Time Magazine recently published an article on this subject. In the article, they point out that barbers in many states need 1000 hours of training to get a license, and airline passenger pilots must have 1500 of flight time. But there is no minimum behind the wheel drive time required for truck drivers.
First year drivers are involved in more crashes than other truckers. Continued truck driver training is important as well. The consequences of inadequate training are most dramatic when a big rigs crashes into another vehicle. The truck driver has responsibility, of course. But the employer is responsible as well. It is not fair to the truck driver or the public to put an inexperienced trucker on the road with such a huge vehicle. They are simply too complicated to operate without proper training. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed rules for additional driver training, but industry lobbying groups were able to defeat them.
CAR ACCIDENT WITH TRUCK RESULTS IN SERIOUS INJURIES
Many of our truck caused car accident cases result from rear-end collisions. The truck is just so big and heavy that there is always significant damage. Of course, there are often serious injuries to the car occupants as well. We have had a number of cases that resulted in a fatality.
If you are injured in a car accident caused by a truck, call us to speak with a lawyer. Our attorneys have more than 25 years’ experience representing people injured in truck and car accidents throughout Minnesota. The initial consultation is free and we never charge anything unless until you receive compensation for your injuries.