Springer and Lyle has represented many individuals who were injured in truck accidents across Texas. The driver of a tractor-trailer is required to have a commercial driver’s license for several reasons, with the primary reason being safety. The vehicles they drive are gigantic. They weigh in excess of 60,000 pounds and have more and larger blind spots than smaller vehicles. They require considerably more stopping distance. They aren’t easily maneuvered, and they travel at high speeds. They’re much more likely to cause severe injuries or death than other motor vehicles.
When drivers are hired by a trucking company, they are expected to know how to operate a tractor-trailer under any circumstances they might encounter on the road. It’s up to the trucking company to make sure that each driver it employs has had the proper training. Failure to train or screen for confirmation of a driver’s training could implicate the trucking company itself in an accident, making them liable for any damages that were incurred. Dangers resulting from failure to properly train truck drivers include but aren’t limited to braking in emergencies, avoiding over correction for errors and awareness of blind spots. The law firm of Springer & Lyle is fully familiar with the state statutes and federal regulations mandating what truckers need to do after an accident. We’re completely knowledgeable of the requirements for periodic vehicle and load inspections and hours of service on the road requirements.
When looking at these and all of the other dangers involved with inadequately trained truck drivers, you see how the risks of a truck accident occurring can dramatically increase. No matter what they’re driving, every person operating a motor vehicle on a Texas roadway has a duty to drive that vehicle in a safe and careful manner so as not to cause injury to others. When an inadequately trained driver breaches that duty, they can be held liable for injuries and/or property damage resulting from a truck accident. Their employer can be held jointly liable too.
We’ve represented individuals injured or killed in vehicle accidents across Texas. With over 50 years of combined personal injury experience, Springer & Lyle represents injured people aggressively but professionally. You’re treated with dignity and respect. You can call us about your personal injury case, or you can complete our online contact form. We give you straight talk and offer practical solutions.