Michigan, in conjunction with The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), has strict rules and regulations regarding Commercial Driver Licenses (CDLs). Truck drivers must have a special driver’s license to operate a commercial vehicle.
Large trucks, including semi trucks, big rigs tractor trailers, and 18-wheelers, are extremely difficult to operate compared to a passenger vehicle. You can’t just “hop in an 18-wheeler” and drive off the sales lot the way you can with a passenger vehicle. For that reason, state and federal governmental agencies have set strict regulations and laws to ensure truck drivers receive adequate training before operating a commercial vehicle. These regulations and laws are in place to protect the public because of the real threat and danger posed by large truck accidents to other drivers and passengers.
Unfortunately, not all truck companies follow the rules and regulations regarding truck driver training. When a large truck accident involves an inadequately trained or improperly trained driver, the truck company may be held liable for damages. Call the Okemos truck accident attorneys of The Clark Law Office at 517-347-6900 for a free consultation and case evaluation.
Inadequate Driver Training Is a Factor in Many Truck Accidents
Commercial and other large trucks pose a real threat because of their weight and size. Companies that employ truck drivers are required to train those drivers according to the truck driving Code of Federal Regulations. In addition to conducting regular drug testing, obtaining background checks, and ensuring physical and mental fitness, a truck company must also provide ongoing training for its truck drivers. Switching gears, braking, parking, switching lanes, and maintaining a proper speed are some of the tasks that pose a potentially disastrous challenge for improperly trained truck drivers.
In addition to the requirements for obtaining a Commercial Driver License, training for truck drivers should include: