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Negligent Training Claims in Commercial Truck Accidents

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents

Truck accidents resulting from negligent training (or a lack of training) are especially devastating, given that simple steps could have been taken to avoid such a tragedy. Quite simply, there is no excuse for a commercial truck driver not to have received adequate training, notably when operating a vehicle that can easily top 80,000 pounds.

Luckily, an Illinois truck accident attorney can help. We at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. will review the driver’s training history to see whether a lack of (or inadequate) training played a part in the accident. We will then chart a course that helps you move on with your life and find peace of mind after a horrific collision.

What Kind of Training Must a Commercial Truck Driver Receive?

Drivers must go through several basic, mandatory steps before becoming a licensed truck driver. Those steps may include:

  • Receive a Commercial Learner’s Permit, which allows would-be drivers to train and practice on public roads with licensed commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders
  • Pass at least two written tests, in addition to tests that pertain to special endorsements or air brakes
  • Pass a thorough driving test
  • Pass any applicable background and records checks

Once a driver passes these tests, they must abide by the following:

  • Remain current on all licenses, accreditations, and qualifications
  • Receive new-employee training, as well as ongoing training, through their employer
  • Understand and follow federal guidelines pertaining to (among other topics) routine truck maintenance and length-of-shift limits

When can negligent training play a part in an accident?

Drivers are expected to receive extensive initial training and remain current throughout their career. When this isn’t the case, the lack of training may lead to collisions with dire consequences. Negligent training may play a part in some of the following scenarios:

  • Loose or insecure loads
  • Ignoring height or speed restrictions
  • Unsafe driving uphill or downhill, especially at high speeds
  • Lack of endorsements for certain types of equipment (such as when carrying hazardous waste, or driving two or three trailers)
  • Following too close, especially in congested traffic

How An Illinois Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You

If you’ve recently been involved in a commercial truck accident, you already have numerous questions and concerns. Don’t let a lack of representation join that list.

We at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. are happy to work with you through all applicable steps following a collision. We will review a driver’s training records to see whether negligent training played a part in your collision, and we’ll take the appropriate steps from there to ensure justice on your behalf.

Reach out to Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 today if you’ve been involved in an Illinois commercial truck accident. We’re happy to offer a free consultation, review your accident, and advise you on a fair course of action.