Undertrained Truck Drivers Are Risking Lives

An untrained or undertrained truck driver is a threat to everyone on the road. Big trucks, especially semi-trucks, control completely differently than normal automobiles.

Truck drivers must know how to handle their weight and speed before getting on the highway. However, pressure from trucking companies has undertrained truck drivers risking the lives of everyone on the road.

The Cause

Trucking companies don’t send undertrained workers onto the highway with the intention of causing accidents. Rather the influx of untrained and undertrained truckers is due to a massive shortage of truck drivers.

The United States faces an impending trucker shortage. There are currently 61,000 trucker vacancies in the US, and that number is expected to double in the next 10 years.

Because of these shortages and the need to move cargo, trucking companies are desperate to get their new employees on the road. Unfortunately, this often has deadly consequences.

The Dangers

Trucks are big, cumbersome, and difficult to maneuver. It takes hours of proper training to keep them on the road. Even then, tens of thousands of people die in trucking accidents every year.

Truck drivers must understand their blind spots. They should know how to make a wide turn. Brakes are one of the more difficult aspects to learn because sudden braking is often ineffective and can cause a jackknife accident.

Truckers must learn, with proper guidance, how to control their vehicles. They must also consider the limitations of their machines, and the safety of those around them. Failure to meet lawful training requirements invites catastrophe.

If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries or even wrongful death at the hands of an undertrained truck driver accident, you may have a case. If you’d like an experienced Denver truck injury attorney from Springer & Steinberg to evaluate your claim, please send us an email or call (303) 861-2800.

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