Driving a tall, heavy commercial truck is very different from traveling behind the wheel of a passenger car. Trucks handle differently, require a longer stopping distance, have large blind spots, and may operate on different steering or braking systems. Commercial truck drivers need to have a comprehensive understanding about the mechanics and driving style of a large vehicle to operate safely across the country’s roadways. When an inadequately trained driver gets behind the wheel, everyone on the road is at an increased risk.
Current Training Requirements
Delaware does not mandate any formal training for a driver to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL), but the state does encourage drivers to take a private course to learn more about the mechanics of a commercial truck and to gain driving experience.
Currently, drivers are required to pass a CDL exam, which comprises two parts: knowledge and skill. There is no minimum amount of time of driving experience.
It is up to trucking companies to ensure their drivers have enough experience to operate safely on the road. While some companies run their own training before new drivers take to the road, others do not. The inadequately trained drivers may not fully understand the limitations of the vehicle. They may not respond properly to road conditions or changing traffic patterns. This puts everyone at risk.
The Aftermath of Inadequate Training
When employers fail to provide adequate training it greatly increases the chances that a truck driver will make a mistake while on the road, putting themselves and others at risk. Some possible consequences of trucking companies failing to properly train their employees include:
- Physical injuries
- Damage to property, including trucks and cargo
- Loss of income
- Long term or permanent disability
- Wrongful death
- Need for costly medical treatment
- Mental and emotional suffering
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a truck accident, and you suspect a poorly trained driver is to blame, the legal team at Morris James may be able to help. Contact us today to learn more about how we help accident victims protect their rights and their future.