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Truck Accidents Due to Inexperienced Drivers and Inadequate Training

Truck accidents are a common occurrence in major cities, including Houston. Commercial trucks are complex machines to operate that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. They have a wider turning radius, higher point of gravity, and complex systems that work together. Driving a truck of this nature requires special skills and qualifications. When trucking companies hire people who are not properly qualified or do not adequately train them, accidents can occur. The Houston truck accident attorneys at The Doan Law Firm are here to help in situations like these.

Employer Responsibilities for Hiring and Training

Trucking companies are responsible for the negligent actions of their drivers. They can also be held responsible for accidents caused by their own negligence, such as if they knowingly hire drivers who are inexperienced or unqualified. Truck drivers must have the proper license and endorsement. Employers should also ensure that they do not have unsafe driving histories and that they have sufficient experience before allowing them to operate their trucks.

Trucking companies can hire newly licensed CDL drivers. However, they are still required to ensure these drivers have the training necessary to safely operate their vehicles. If they do not properly train their drivers and the driver’s inexperience contributes to an accident, they can be held responsible for these accidents.

Why Do Truck Accidents Occur Because of Unqualified Drivers or Inadequate Training?

In recent years, news reports have discussed the severe shortage of qualified truck drivers. At times, this has involved a shortage of more than one million truckers. Truck driving is a difficult job. It often involves spending days away from your family. It can lead to health problems. It can be tedious work. It is often difficult for trucking companies to find enough qualified drivers who are willing to perform this job.

Some employers are desperate and hire drivers who are not yet qualified. They may pay for them to go to a trucking school and get their license. However, because they are in such a rush to get them started, they may skip out on necessary training, or they may knowingly hire drivers who are not qualified or they might not confirm their license status.

How Can a Lawyer Help in Cases Involving Unqualified Drivers or Inadequate Training?

Truck accident cases are complex. Our truck accident lawyers can help by:

  • Explaining your legal rights and options after an accident
  • Answering your questions
  • Providing you with the necessary information for you to decide how you wish to move forward with your accident
  • Investigating your case and gathering evidence of fault
  • Preserving valuable evidence in your case before it is lost or destroyed, such as driver logs, black box data, and personnel records

We can help you seek justice and financial accountability from trucking companies that prioritize their own profits over your safety.

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The Doan Law Firm has spent decades establishing our reputation as dedicated personal injury attorneys in Houston. We have offices in 40 U.S. cities, including 14 Texas cities. Houston is our home base, and our founding attorney and top litigator is personally involved in every Houston truck accident case.

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