Texas Negligently Hired and Trained Truckers
A commercial truck or bus is a very complex vehicle that differs substantially from a passenger automobile. Drivers of these vehicles should be trained to know the equipment they are driving and the road conditions that affect their vehicles. Each year, countless accidents are caused by commercial drivers who are not qualified to operate large commercial trucks or buses or have not been properly trained by their employer. Mishaps from these untrained and unqualified drivers include:
- Lack of knowledge of the truck, trailer or bus;
- Improperly secured loads;
- Overweight loads;
- Lack of knowledge on the affect of road conditions on their vehicle;
- Driver inattention (cell phone use, texting);
- Driving while fatigued;
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Driving too many hours in a given day;
- Improper or illegal entries in their driver logs; and
- Avoiding state inspections for commercial vehicles.
With the recent explosion of oil and gas activity in Texas and the United States, many companies are having difficulty finding and hiring trained truck drivers. Many of the drivers they hire are not being properly trained due to the current demand for drivers and high turnover rates. According to the American Trucking Association’s monthly Trucking Report in 2012, the turnover rate for truck drivers over a 12-month period was 100% in some parts of the country. This means the employer must replace its entire fleet of drivers every year.
With the extreme turnover in truck drivers, some companies have resorted to hiring bad drivers without sufficient training to meet the demands of the trucking industry. This can have disastrous consequences. If you have been affected by an untrained or incompetent truck or bus driver, call the San Antonio and Houston Texas Truck Wreck Lawyers at Hill Law Firm for help.