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Inadequate training of truck drivers

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | Personal Injury

Truck accidents are regarded as more dangerous than other types of crashes, as the chances of severe injuries and deaths can be high. Different factors contribute to truck accidents, and one of them is inadequate training.

Here is what to know about this issue:

Training drivers to pass road tests

Unfortunately, some training truck driving schools focus on helping students pass road tests and get their commercial driver’s license (CDL). They fail to provide students with adequate knowledge of what they will apply on the road, such as descending a mountain grade and so on. 

Driver shortage 

Driver shortage is a serious problem in the trucking industry. And it’s expected to worsen as the years go by. Many trucking companies are doing their best to solve this issue, but some are using shortcuts, such as allowing inadequately trained drivers to go on trips. 

When a trucking company hires a driver, they should train them until they are ready. But this is not always the case. Rookies are on the road, trying to maneuver hilly roads with heavily loaded trucks. 

It’s reported that trucking companies that do this believe taking time to train drivers would negatively impact their business, as it takes time and, in turn, would slow everything. With the high demand in the trucking industry, they choose to “speed things up.”

Ironically, poor training is a factor that contributes to driver shortage in the industry. When a driver is not confident about being behind the wheel or driving on certain roads, and their employer is not doing anything to help them, they may quit. 

If you are involved in an accident with a truck, legal guidance can help you determine its cause and the liable party.