Truck accidents are some of the worst crashes seen on Gainesville’s roads. When they occur, many people automatically assume the truck driver is to blame. That may be true. However, if the driver was improperly trained or unqualified for the job, the trucking company that hired the driver could also be liable.
Determining whether a truck driver was unqualified for the job is one element that makes truck accident cases so much more challenging than car accident cases. Our experienced Gainesville truck accident lawyers have the skills and the resources to thoroughly investigate the crash, the driver, and the trucking company to prove liability in your case.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident caused by an unqualified or improperly trained driver, you need to speak to an attorney from Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., today. Contact us now to schedule your free consultation.
What Is Inadequate Training?
There are many truck driving schools in and around Gainesville. While all these schools offer truck driver training, some are better than others. In most schools, driver trainees only spend about one week in the classroom learning about safety, mechanical procedures of a truck, logging requirements, and federal law on hours of service. Truck drivers have a very short amount of time to learn this information, and for many, it is the first time they have even heard of some of the terms being used.
After a truck driver receives certification from one of these schools, the driver can then apply to a trucking company. Although these drivers have their commercial driver’s license, they typically have no other knowledge about how to safely operate a truck. Some trucking companies have new truck drivers ride along with more seasoned truckers to get experience on the road. During this time, new drivers learn how to inspect a truck, how to load a truck safely, and how to properly operate a truck.
Not all trucking companies provide this additional training, though. When that is the case, their drivers may be inadequately trained and unprepared, yet still responsible for the heaviest machinery on the road.
The Consequences of Inadequate Truck Driver Training
When truck drivers are not properly trained, they may engage in very dangerous behaviors behind the wheel. Inadequately trained truck drivers may:
- Fail to navigate curves and corners safely
- Fail to observe posted height restrictions
- Fail to properly secure a load
- Fail to ensure the weight of the load is properly distributed
- Fail to stop or slow down the truck in time
- Fail to navigate a truck safely up or down a hill
- Fail to recognize problems with the truck such as brake or lighting issues
All of these mistakes can lead to serious and even fatal crashes. Most of the time, it is the drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles who suffer the consequences.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
The moments after a truck accident are extremely frightening. Victims may be suffering from severe injuries and may not know what to do next. There are some steps you should take after a truck accident to protect your right to compensation in a personal injury claim.
Get help immediately. Evaluate yourself and anyone in your vehicle for injuries. Even if no one appears to be severely injured, you should still call 911 for medical treatment. Some injuries are not always apparent right away, and a doctor or paramedic will know what to look for. Seeking medical attention immediately following an accident will also document your injuries, which could help you in a future claim.
Get important information from the truck driver. You will have to exchange information with the driver. You will need their contact information, driver’s license number, license plate number, and insurance information. You should also ask for the name of the company that hired the driver and the truck’s U.S. Department of Transportation number.
Collect any evidence you can. If you can, document the scene as much as possible. Take pictures of the accident scene, damage to the vehicles involved, your injuries, and any relevant information such as a traffic sign the truck driver ignored. If there were witnesses to the crash, also write down their names and contact information.
Limit what you say. Do not offer more information than necessary at the accident scene. Do not blame the truck driver or anyone else, or apologize for the crash. Anything you say can be held against you in the future and can hurt your claim for compensation.
As soon as possible after the accident, contact a Gainesville truck accident attorney. You will likely need to deal with at least one insurance company, and perhaps several, after a truck accident. An attorney will help determine liability and fight to hold the insurance companies responsible for paying any compensation you are entitled to receive.
How Our Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help You
Truck accident cases involving untrained drivers are much more complicated than other motor vehicle accidents. However, an improperly trained truck driver accident attorney can take the stress off victims by:
- Explaining the complex federal and state laws surrounding truck accidents
- Investigating the truck accident, including hiring accident reconstruction experts to inspect the scene
- Evaluating complex insurance policies and determining which insurance companies are responsible for paying compensation
- Helping you understand the full extent, and cost, of your injuries to ensure you demand full compensation in your personal injury claim
These are just a few of the ways one of our Gainesville truck accident attorneys can help you after a serious crash. Contact us today to discuss the specifics of your case and what we can do to take the pressure off you.
Contact Us About a Truck Accident Due to Improper Training
If you have been hurt in a truck accident due to improper training, you need a highly skilled attorney on your side. At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., our Gainesville truck accident lawyers can help.
Now is the time for you to focus on your recovery. Let us handle the rest. Contact us today for your free consultation so we can get started on your claim.