Inadequate Truck Driving Training
In and around the crossroads of Seattle, Kirkland, Auburn, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Olympia, hundreds of freeways, highways and interstates converge. For that reason, plenty of locals and visitors are exposed to a slew of truckers that pass by the cities every day. It’s a commonality for truckers to be under strict deadlines that they have to meet without any questions, which is why they face a lot of stress and tend to drive expeditiously. Add the factor of inadequate trucker training, and the situation becomes very risky and the chances of an accident occurring on the road increase by a tenfold.
To be able to drive a semi-truck takes more than a few days of practice. You have to bear in mind that it isn’t a passenger vehicle you will be driving, but a large truck, which, if it gets in the hands of an inexperienced driver, has the ability to harm anything that gets in its way.
Therefore, there is a great deal of training that truck drivers need to go through before they are deemed adequate for the road. Apart from being able to drive well on the roadways, it is also crucial for truckers to know how to handle situations like bad weather, bad traffic, sharp turns and mechanical issues with the vehicle.
In the absence of training, it is very likely for the driver to get involved in an accident and hurt passengers that come in his way too. Below we have some statistics that are a testimony to the need of experienced drivers on the roads.Importance of Adequate Training for Truck Drivers
In a study, it was found out that approximately 3,000,000 vehicles go around the roads of the US. Annually, approximately 5,000 deaths happen by getting involved in a truck accident. In addition to that, around 100,000 injuries also take place.
Research shows that an alarming number of 27% of these accidents occur due to the presence of an inadequate trucker. There are plenty of things a truck driver needs to be vigilant of while he is on the road, driving. In addition to just being wary of the environmental conditions, narrow streets and congested roads, he also needs to have the ability to shirk away from any distractions.
The reason behind that is unlike a passenger vehicle which if being driven at 55 miles per hour, will come to a stop after 50 yards, it takes 120 yards for a semi-truck to completely stop. If the driver is distracted for even as short as a fraction of a second, he could end up getting involved in an accident and getting other passengers on the road involved as well.
In addition to that, the weight of a fully loaded truck is often 25 times more than the weight of a usual sedan. Imagine this kind of weight coming into contact with a car or worse, a pedestrian and the consequences can be catastrophic.
This is where the need for a properly trained trucker comes into play. There are plenty of commercial driving schools that exist in the cities of Seattle, Kirkland, Bellingham, and Olympia. However, it can be said without a doubt, there are some that are way better than the rest. So in order to be a competent driver, you need to opt for the school that offers the best quality.
Bear in mind that the number of hours of training they offer and the training behind the wheel can be similar, but the quality differs significantly. By going through the statistics, it should be clear by now how important it is to be well-equipped before heading out on the roads, which is why, you need to do your thorough research before you settle with a school.
Common problems with drivers who are inadequately trained are:
- Driving off the road
- Improper or ill executed turns
- Driving too fast for the road or weather conditions
- Slowing down or halting not at the right time
- Poor braking that leads to sliding
- Driving beyond the allowed number of hours
- Drowsy driving
- Flipping the truck by turning or changing lanes too quickly for the load
If you have been injured in a truck accident because the driver was not adequately trained,
you might have suffered very serious, if not catastrophic injuries. Some of the more common ones we see are brain injuries, soft tissue whiplash injuries, fractures and broken bones. These injuries are not likely to simply resolve on their own, so it’s a good idea to go see your doctor or chiropractor to see if this healthcare professional can help get you back to health.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
We understand that getting in an accident with a truck can’t be anything less than devastating and in the middle of the chaos it is hard to think straight. However, if you get into a trucking accident, in order to get a good settlement by the trucking company, you need to get in touch with an attorney as soon as you can.
The reason being if you delay calling the authorities and an attorney, at the scene of the accident the trucker could potentially hide evidence that could be of great importance to you for reaching a settlement that works in your favor. By working with a lawyer, you can figure out the reason behind the accident, whether it happened due to the negligence of the driver, his inadequacy, or if he was driving drowsy, with the larger point being that the more you able to show that the accident happened because of the trucking company’s failure to adequately train its driver the more likely you are to receive a favorable settlement.
Once we are able to prove that the trucking company was at fault for your damages, we will negotiate the settlement for you. You may receive a lot of money or a little depending on the extent of your damages. You can receive money for your medical bills, your pain and suffering, and your lost wages, among other things.
If you have questions, feel free to call us for a free consultation.