Is inadequate driver training and an increase in inexperienced drivers causing large truck accident rates to increase? Is a national shortage of truck drivers putting motorists at risk of serious injury or death? Training and experience are essential when operating a vehicle that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. A driver shortage means many positions are filled by drivers who not only lack experience but may also lack the proper training to safely navigate the road. A driver's lack of training and experience can be factored into a truck accident settlement. Trucking companies save money and make profit by not using standardized classroom training and testing procedures that can easily be purchased through the Smith System and the JJ Keller and Associates, Inc. driver safety programs.
There are approximately 3 million truck drivers in the United States. However, many are not long-haul drivers, and experts estimate a national shortage of 50,000 long-haul drivers. Many believe this shortage will rise to 175,000 over the next decade, which could impact overall road safety.
The Large Truck Crash Causation Study, conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, examined crashes in the early 21st century. The study revealed that approximately 6.5% of the 141,000 large truck accidents included in the study were caused by inexperienced or poorly trained drivers.
Additional findings support a possible connection between experience, training, and behaviors behind the wheel. Approximately 32,000 accidents were caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions, and a further 30,000 accidents involved drivers who were unfamiliar with the road they were traveling.
Proper training involves thorough knowledge of state and federal transportation laws, including cargo handling practices and recording requirements listed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Drivers must also understand how to operate the vehicle in all weather and traffic conditions. Those who handle hazardous materials or drive combination vehicles must secure additional endorsements. Programs for a Class A CDL are often completed in less than 2 months, while Class B programs are often completed in less than a week. This means that many new truck industry drivers don't have extensive training in operating their vehicles.
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