Inadequately Trained or Inexperienced Truck Driver
Operating a truck is nothing like driving a small passenger car. Trucks are much larger and heavier. Drivers of these large vehicles undergo specialized training and require more experience to qualify for a commercial driving license. Inexperience or lack of adequate training can result in catastrophic accidents.
Why inexperienced drivers cause accidents
Inexperienced truck drivers are likely to cause accidents for several reasons including the following:
- They are more likely to make errors as a result of carelessness. These errors often have disastrous results.
- They do not know how to handle trucks properly in emergency situations or in bad weather.
- They may not have the right training or experience to deal with mechanical problems affecting the truck while on the road.
Inexperienced drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident than highly trained and experienced drivers. They are therefore a great risk to other motorists.
If you have been injured in an accident involving an inexperienced truck driver, you should seek compensation for your injuries.
Accidents caused by inexperienced truck drivers
Inexperienced truck drivers are likely to cause serious accidents. These include:
- Rear end collisions - Inexperienced drivers are likely to misjudge the capacity of the braking system and not leave adequate room between them and the vehicle in front of them. They are therefore more likely to end up in rare end collisions.
- Jackknife collisions - Inexperienced drivers are likely to react to danger by braking suddenly. This is likely to result in a jackknife collision. These collisions occur when the rare of the vehicle swings out from behind as a result of the momentum of the sudden stop. These accidents can also occur after sudden braking on a wet or icy surface.
- Override or underride accidents - These may occur as a result of the driver misjudging a turn at an intersection. If the turn is too sharp, the truck may ride over smaller passenger cars. If the turn is too wide, the truck may swing into oncoming traffic resulting in the oncoming vehicles sliding beneath the bigger trailer.
- Rollovers - These may occur as a result of poor judgment and careless mistakes made by the inexperienced driver. Some of these mistakes include driving at high speeds on unstable road surfaces, trying to negotiate curves at high speed, using sudden steering maneuvers and loading cargo incorrectly.
If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by an inexperienced truck driver, get in touch with an experienced truck accident attorney for a free claim evaluation.