Inexperienced truck driver accidents are becoming increasingly common in California despite the fact that trucking companies are required to properly screen and train their employees. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident that was caused by an inexperienced driver, J&Y Law can help.
When you become our client, we will conduct an extensive investigation into the cause of your truck accident and demand full payment of your claim. We offer free consultations and you pay nothing to us until we recover for you. Please contact our office today so we can get to work on your claim.
The Perils of Inexperienced Truck Drivers in California
Operating and maneuvering a commercial truck or tractor-trailer requires practice, knowledge and experience. Because the trucking industry is facing a shortage of drivers, however, it is a common practice for trucking companies to cover the costs of licensing for new drivers.
Obtaining a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) involves training to acquire skills such as:
- Inspecting vehicles prior to driving
- Properly securing and balancing loads
- Parking in various situations
- Maneuvering vehicles in different road/traffic situations
- Avoiding accidents with other drivers and pedestrians
In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the federal agency responsible for regulating the trucking industry, requires advanced training and special licenses for drivers of hazardous materials, double or triple trailers, and tanker trucks.
While truck drivers are required to have a CDL, trucking companies must ensure that drivers are properly trained. In particular, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires truck drivers to be trained in the areas of qualification requirements, hours of service, and driver wellness.
It is important to note that the FMCSA has revised certain provisions of the hours of service (HOS) rule. While the changes are designed to provide drivers greater flexibility while maintaining safety of the nation’s roadways, it remains to be seen whether the new HOS rule will lead to an increase in the number of inexperienced truck driver accidents.
At J&Y Law, we are up-to-date on the applicable state and federal rules governing the trucking industry. If you have been involved in an accident with an inexperienced truck driver, trust our capable team to fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
Why do inexperienced truck drivers cause accidents?
Inexperienced truck driver accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Less experienced drivers are more prone to errors such as:
- Not slowing down/stopping too late
- Improper braking
- Poorly executed turns
- Turning or changing lanes too quickly for the load
- Violating HOS regulations/fatigued driving
- Driving off the road
- Driving too fast for road or weather conditions
- Failing to respond to emergency situations
Some common inexperienced truck driver accidents include:
- Jackknifing impacts
- Side-impact collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Blindspot collisions
A recent DOT study found that drivers of big rigs with less than 5 years of experience are far more likely to cause an accident.
How J&Y Law Can Help
If you have been injured in a truck accident that was caused by driver inexperience, don’t go up against the trucking company alone. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident scene and the trucking company’s employment records and work to hold them accountable. Although the company may deny liability by claiming the driver was an independent contractor, we will work to show that the accident occurred within the scope of the driver’s employment.
WHile truck accident claims can be resolved through negotiations with the company’s insurance carrier, insurers often seek to deny claims or pay as little as possible. We have the skills and determination to fight back — if the insurance company refuses to pay the full value of your claim, we will take them to court.
Our objective is to help you recover the maximum compensation you deserve. While each case is different you may be awarded damages that include:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Emotional harm
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you have lost a loved one in an inexperienced truck driver accident, we can help you find justice by pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit. Regardless of the circumstances you are facing, trust J&Y to provide you with powerful representation when you need it most.
Contact Our Experienced California Truck Accident Attorney
Poorly trained, inexperienced, and unlicensed truck drivers are a threat to public safety. When a truck accident results from driver inexperience, negligent trucking companies must be held accountable. The best way to protect your rights, your well-being, and your future is to work with J&Y Law. Our dedicated truck accident attorneys will work tirelessly to help you obtain compensation that considers all your future medical and financial needs. Please contact our office today to learn how we can help.