Are Truck Drivers Receiving Proper Training?
It should come as no surprise that Dallas highways are some of the most dangerous in the country. Given the number of accidents that take place on I-35 and other area highways, it is clear something is amiss. Unfortunately, many of these accidents involve large trucks and often end in serious injuries or fatalities. While most accidents are minor in nature, this is not always the case. Take an accident that took place at the end of June, for example. A semi-truck tipped over on the High Five interchange, closing the busy highway during the early morning commute. After nearly 12 hours, the Central Expressway was finally reopened, allowing frustrated drivers to go about their day.
This is not the only truck accident to make headlines in Dallas this summer; on July 1 a fiery tractor-trailer crash closed I-35, sending the burned driver to the hospital and causing major delays for drivers. Then, on July 6, a woman and child died after their car was involved in a head-on collision with a utility truck in Denton. On July 3, a man was killed after his car side-swiped a truck, crashing into a concrete bridge pillar in west Oak Cliff. These are just a few recent examples of accidents in the Dallas area involving trucks. While not all of these accidents occurred as the result of driver error, it is important to note how the prevalence of truckers can have an impact on other drivers.
How Safe Are Dallas Highways?
This brings to question just how safe Dallas highways are and whether truck drivers are receiving adequate training. When you see a trucker driving down the highway, you assume he or she has extensive knowledge and training regarding the big rig they are operating. However, trucking accidents often occur because the driver does not have the training or experience necessary to operate the truck. In many cases, the driver is simply negligent and does not take the proper steps to ensure the safety of other drivers. This is why all trucking companies have a responsibility to make sure their drivers undergo training before they start and at different intervals throughout their career.
There are an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States today, and this number is only expected to increase. Over the last decade, the trucking industry has steadily grown, which is why we are seeing more trucks on our highways than ever before. If you were involved in an accident with a large truck in Dallas, please contact Rad Law Firm today. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have extensive experience handling these types of cases and are prepared to do the same for you. We understand how scary it can be to find yourself involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, and if it is discovered the truck driver was not properly trained, you may be able to sue for damages. Please do not hesitate to contact Rad Law Firm today and schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced truck accident attorneys today.