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Do commercial driving training programs give enough attention to truck driver safety?

Written by Ankin Law Office

Commercial trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on Illinois roads every day. If drivers do not receive the proper amount of training to operate a rig, their safety and the safety of all those around them are in jeopardy the moment they get behind the wheel. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has yet to create a driver training rule to help ensure that drivers are as competent and prepared as possible for the safety issues that they will face on the roads. In order to facilitate a rule and to determine if commercial driving training programs offer enough training and put proper emphasis on truck driver safety, the FMCSA has created a survey for new drivers to complete.

Survey details

The last, most comprehensive study on the effectiveness of commercial driver training programs took place in 2007 and was conducted by multiple government agencies. It did not find a conclusive link between certain training programs and driver performance and safety. However, the scope and technology now used in training these drivers has changed, and so the FMCA instituted the Commercial Driver Training Survey as the first step to determining the relationship between the amounts and types of training that students receive.

In order to take part in the truck driver safety survey, drivers must be entry-level truck operators that have been licensed for no more than three years. Additionally, they must have received an inspection during the previous year to ensure that they are still actively working in the business.

Devastating consequences

A young Morris, Illinois man was recently killed while driving on Interstate 55 in Channahon Township due to the actions of a semitrailer. The Morris Daily Herald reports that the 19-year-old was driving north in his truck when a semitrailer abruptly changed lanes, cutting him off. In order to avoid hitting the trailer, the man swerved but was unable to control the vehicle. His truck began to roll and he was ejected. The trucker did not stop and has yet to be identified. Truckers must be properly trained on how to act in potentially dangerous situations and helped to understand the consequences of unsafe driving practices.

A common occurrence

These kinds of accidents occur much more than many people may realize. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 329,000 accidents took place in 2011 involving large commercial vehicles. Of these truck accidents, 73,000 resulted in vehicle occupants sustaining injuries and 3,568 crashes had at least one fatality.

Illinois drivers who have been involved in a truck accident should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss their case. With the help of an attorney, families can receive reasonable and proper compensation for their injuries and any future treatment their injuries may require.

Categories: Auto Accidents