There are currently 9 million large trucks registered in the United States, which include semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and any other type of large commercial vehicle. Unfortunately, these large vehicles are involved in a significant number of motor vehicle collisions each and every month across the country. While there are a variety of factors that frequently contribute to these traffic crashes, truck driver inexperience is one of the leading causes of accidents today.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are the two federal organizations that play the largest role in Truck accidents and all of the associated rules and regulations regarding commercial vehicles. Thousands of Americans suffer at the hands of truck driver inexperience, as far too many truck drivers have obtained a commercial driver’s license (CDL) when they are not fully prepared and equipped to operate these vehicles.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles notes a rise in the number of truck accidents occurring throughout the state. At Gordon & Doner, we maintain a strong belief that negligent truck drivers must be held accountable for the damages and injuries in which they cause. When an innocent accident victim suffers, it is the trucker or trucking company’s responsibility to pay for any losses. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident due to driver inexperience, Gordon & Doner is here to help you today.
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Truck Driver Inexperience Facts
Florida sustains a significant number of motor vehicle collisions involving large commercial trucks each and every year. In fact, Florida has ranked third in terms of state with the most number of truck crashes. With Palm Beach County leading the state with the most fatalities associated with truck accidents, it is imperative for all motorists to exercise safe driving habits at all times, especially when in the presence of a large commercial vehicle.
When it comes to obtaining a license to operate a commercial vehicle, the DOT enforces a number of strict rules and regulations regarding testing and training. Unfortunately, many of the leading truck companies throughout the nation offer new employees the training and driving school needed to obtain a commercial driver’s license. While this is convenient for their employees seeking a direct path to legally operate a large truck, it is also common that this training is inadequate. The thought of these truckers operating 80,000 pound vehicles without proper training is terrifying.
Drivers of these commercial trucks must maintain a vast knowledge of the specific laws related to operating a truck in the United States. In addition, they must be prepared to adjust their driving habits to reflect changes in traffic, adverse weather conditions, construction work, and any other factors that may alter their ability to drive safely. A lack of training leads to inexperienced drivers getting on the roads every day.
Truck driver inexperience is something that can be prevented entirely. With a greater focus on the trucking companies offering training, the federal agency responsible for truck safety will be able to pinpoint faulty companies and hold them accountable. However, as so many trucking companies currently offer inadequate training, it is imperative to speak with an experienced Florida attorney when a crash occurs.
Contact an Experienced Florida Truck Accident Lawyer
When a company knowingly allows an inexperience truck driver to operate one of their vehicles on Florida’s roadways, they are often named as the negligent party liable for any mishaps that take place. However, accident victims often have trouble dealing with the large number of issues that follow a typical crash. From handling insurance companies to addressing medical concerns, Gordon & Doner believes that innocent accident victims deserve representation.
Our Florida personal injury attorneys have spent years learning the ins and outs of truck accident law. In doing so, they are able to represent our clients in the best light possible and they work diligently to achieve the maximum compensation possible. If you or a loved one has suffered in a truck collision in Florida, our truck accident lawyers are here to help.
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