Truck Accidents and Inexperienced Drivers

Large trucks and other commercial vehicles have the potential to cause serious accidents and catastrophic injuries. Semi-trucks often weigh several times more than smaller passenger vehicles, and thus can pose a serious risk to other motorists in the event of a collision. In addition, they often carry extremely heavy or dangerous loads that can themselves cause injury if they are released onto the roadway. Because of these significant risks, the individuals who drive these vehicles are required to undergo extensive training and are subject to rigorous licensing requirements. Even among people who have obtained their commercial driver’s license (CDL), additional training may be required to drive certain types of vehicles or transport certain hazardous materials. Trucking companies are ultimately responsible for the safety of their operations, and are required to hire drivers that are properly trained, licensed, and have the skill and experience necessary to safely transport their cargo. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and under-trained or inexperienced drivers injure thousands of people each year. Anyone who suspects that they were injured in an accident caused by an inexperienced truck driver should consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to determine whether they have a claim.

Helping individuals injured by inexperienced truck drivers

Tractor-trailers and other large vehicles are often much more complicated than ordinary passenger vehicles. While many of us could switch from one car to the next and operate it safely and without incident, the same is not true for semi-trucks and other specialized commercial vehicles. Trucks often have complicated braking systems, stability controls, coupling devices, and cargo loading procedures that require highly specialized training to correctly manage. Some of the other skills that commercial truck drivers must possess include:

  • Parking
  • Evasive maneuvering
  • Cargo securement
  • Load balancing
  • Vehicle inspection
  • Driving in poor weather conditions
  • Coupling and uncoupling procedures

These are just a few of the basic skills a driver must learn before obtaining a license to drive a commercial vehicle. Anytime a truck accident occurs, it is possible that driver inexperience or qualifications played a role. In addition to driver knowledge and skill, there may be other issues, such as health conditions, that may render a driver unfit to drive a vehicle. An experienced attorney can help spot these issues and hold the appropriate parties accountable.

Contact a Framingham truck accident attorney today to schedule a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Because of the complicated legal and technical issues that may arise in trucking accident cases, it is advisable to retain the services of an attorney who has experience handling truck accident cases. Attorney Daniel Cappetta is a skilled personal injury lawyer who is dedicated to getting his clients the compensation they deserve. In order to schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (508) 969-9505 or contact us online.

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