Inadequate Ohio Driver Training & Truck Accidents
Driving a large commercial vehicle, like an 18-wheeler semi or tow truck requires extensive driver training and practice behind the wheel. Truckers need proper driver training and certification in order to handle different types of vehicles, transmissions, brakes, and other complex systems. Drivers must be comfortable in handling common and difficult situations like driving in poor weather, heavy traffic congestion, city driving, taking narrow turns, and knowing how to deal with tire blowouts without causing an accident.
Without the proper driver training for specific commercial-sized trucks and vehicles, inexperienced truck drivers are more likely to cause a collision. Anybody injured in a truck accident because the driver had inadequate Ohio driver training from their transport or trucking company may be able to recover compensation from the liable employer.
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How Improper Ohio Driver Training Causes Truck Accidents
Trucking and transportation companies are legally liable for hiring and employing qualified and competent drivers. Trucking companies are ultimately responsible for their driver’s actions and the potentially dangerous and deadly consequences.
An employer must research the background of their employees at the time of hire to ensure they have their CDLs, and adequate training before they hit the road. Certifications are necessary to make sure truckers are technically qualified and competent to operate the truck or semi in a safe manner. New truck drivers with basic qualifications should receive additional training. Inexperience and poorly trained CDL drivers are much more likely to cause an accident. Lazy and improper truck driver training can lead to the following:
- Driving recklessly & truck overturns
- Improperly executed turns
- Override & Underride Accidents
- Driving too fast in poor weather or road conditions
- Braking too late—sliding and jackknife accidents
- Dangerous Driver Errors
- Violating Log book regulations
- Fatigued driving
Required Truck Cert: Ohio Driver Training
Current requirements to obtain a CDL (commercial driver’s license) are managed by the state of either residence or employment. Ohio programs teach the basic knowledge and skills necessary to obtain a CDL, though may require more practice for any driver to safely drive for a company. Drivers first get a commercial learner’s permit (CLP), take knowledge tests, prove they are medically qualified to drive, and demonstrate a clean driving record for the past 10 years. The permit enables drivers to practice driving with a qualified CDL holder in the vehicle with them for 14 days prior to being eligible to take the skills test, which includes a comprehensive vehicle inspection test, the basic controls test, and the road test.
In 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it had established a new rule regarding minimum driver training standards for entry-level commercial truck drivers seeking a CDL or certain endorsements, which will apply to drivers obtaining any CDL for the first time, trying to upgrade their CDL to a higher class, or seeking an endorsement to transport hazardous materials, passengers, or school buses. Individuals will have to complete an entry-level Ohio driver training, including theory instruction and practical behind-the-wheel instruction. Drivers will have to demonstrate safety awareness and driving proficiency prior to obtaining a CDL license or endorsement.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a truck accident, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding proper Ohio driver training.