Truck Accident Attorney
Learning to drive a car, truck, or motorcycle takes knowledge, practice, and training. The requirements to become a licensed driver are intended to keep drivers and pedestrians safe on the roads. However, when a driver lacks the proper skills to operate a vehicle, then the consequences can be deadly. Drivers who operate 18-wheelers must be trained extensively to operate these complex vehicles. Without this training, commercial drivers may cause accidents that can be catastrophic because of the sheer size of a semi-truck.
Attorney Brian Steed Tatum has many years of experience in helping North Carolina and South Carolina’s injured drivers and their families in dealing with the devastating consequences of truck collisions resulting from braking failures. He puts his experience to work for each client in order to ensure that injured clients receive the fullest compensation allowed by law.
Lack of Training
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has implemented regulations requiring the drivers of commercial motor vehicles to undergo training before operating a semi-truck.
Commercial truck drivers must have the physical capacity to handle the demands of operating an 18-wheeler. As medical conditions can affect a driver’s ability to operate a semi-truck, it is critical for this information to be disclosed to motor vehicle carriers. Drivers must also undergo a thorough background check that includes the driver’s driving record. From this record, employers can ascertain whether a driver has a history of reckless, aggressive, or intoxicated driving.
Drivers must also pass licensing tests that qualify them to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Ensuring that drivers have passed the proper licensing tests confirms that these drivers have the technical skills necessary to operate a semi-truck. Drivers must also be able to identify mechanical and other issues that might impact the truck. If a driver fails to recognize problems with the truck’s brakes or tires, then the consequences could be catastrophic. Finally, the driver must complete the requisite training hours in order to be fully certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
Untrained or under-trained truck drivers can cause truck accidents that result in serious injury or death. Motor vehicle carriers that have failed to ensure that their drivers have been properly certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle can be held liable for injuries that result from an accident caused by an untrained driver.
North Carolina and South Carolina Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one was involved in a trucking accident, it may be difficult to determine the cause of the accident. If a lack of driver training contributed to the accident, it is important to know what avenues of relief you can pursue against the trucker and the trucking company. An experienced truck accident attorney can help ensure that all of your claims are properly pursued.
The Tatum Law Firm has years of experience with truck accident cases. Our knowledgeable and experienced truck accident attorney, Brian Steed Tatum, will ensure that your case receives the time and attention it needs in order for you to receive all the compensation you deserve. For a free case evaluation, please contact us online or at our office at (704) 307-4350 and we will be glad to serve you.