Inadequate Driver Training
Commercial trucks are significantly bigger than most other vehicles on the road, and their size makes them difficult to maneuver. As such, commercial truck drivers must undergo additional training and obtain a commercial driver’s license to be permitted to operate their trucks for the safety of other motorists. Inadequate driver training can have catastrophic results, including collisions that cause massive property damage, serious injuries, and even death. If you were injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be able to pursue a legal claim. Nashville truck accident lawyer Eric Beasley is dedicated to helping people in Tennessee who have been injured by improperly trained truck drivers seek recourse for their harm. Mr. Beasley is available to assist parties in trucking lawsuits in cities throughout Middle Tennessee, and he can aggressively advocate on your behalf.Required Training for Truck Drivers
Anyone who wishes to drive a commercial truck must first obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The requirements that a driver seeking to obtain a CDL in Tennessee must meet are established by law. Specifically, the driver must have a standard driver’s license issued by Tennessee or another state, and must meet certain medical requirements. They must also prove that they live in Tennessee and are either a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident. CDLs are divided into classes A, B, and C, depending on what the driver is transporting as well as the gross vehicle weight rating and gross combination weight rating. Once a driver meets the requirements to apply for a CDL, they must take one or more knowledge tests, and if they pass that stage, they must then take skills tests. The skills test a driver’s competence in completing pre-trip inspections, driving on the road, and basic vehicle control.Harm Caused by Inadequate Driver Training
Generally, prior to taking CDL tests, a driver will attend training classes at a truck driving school or will receive on-the-job training from a company that intends to hire the driver after the driver obtains his or her CDL. In many cases, however, the training that a driver receives will merely be adequate to allow the driver to obtain a CDL, but does not properly prepare the driver for operating a commercial truck on a busy highway. In other instances, a company may hire a driver that does not have a CDL and has not undergone any training, creating a significant risk of harm for the driver and other motorists. A seasoned truck accident attorney can review the factual history surrounding the defendant driver’s training in your case to assess whether it was adequate.
When a driver causes a collision because they do not possess the skills they would have obtained through sufficient training, anyone injured in the collision can pursue claims against the driver, and if the driver was employed by a trucking company, the driver’s employer as well. Typically, a plaintiff filing a lawsuit that arises out of a truck accident will assert negligence claims. In Tennessee, to recover compensation under a theory of negligence, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care and that the defendant breached the duty owed. In cases in which a truck accident arose out of inadequate driver training, the driver’s duty would include obtaining adequate training, and the driver’s employer’s duty would include ensuring that the driver was adequately trained. The plaintiff must then show that the driver’s and/or employer’s breach caused the accident and that the accident caused the plaintiff to suffer actual harm.Meet with an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer in Nashville
Truck drivers have an obligation to all other motorists and passengers to ensure that they are properly trained prior to operating commercial trucks in order to reduce the risks of accidents presented by such trucks. If you were involved in an accident with a commercial truck driver who was not properly trained, an attorney can advise you regarding your possible claims. Eric Beasley has ample experience pursuing damages for the harm caused by truck accidents. Mr. Beasley has an office in Goodlettsville, and he frequently represents people in lawsuits arising out of trucking accidents in Nashville as well as in Lebanon, Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, and Murfreesboro. Mr. Beasley also assists parties with claims in cities in Sumner, Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, and Robertson Counties, and throughout Middle Tennessee. Mr. Beasley can be reached at (800) 431-2768 or through the online form to set up a consultation.