If you live in California or anywhere in the U.S., you’ve probably heard countless radio ads from trucking companies looking to hire new drivers. There are currently more than 3.5 million truck drivers employed in the U.S. trucking industry. And while that may seem like a lot, the number of truck drivers in our nation is dramatically less than the current demand.
But someone has got to carry all those numerous tons of cargo from one state to another, right?
That’s why trucking companies end up hiring truck drivers with limited driving experience, putting millions of lives of car drivers, bicycle and motorcycle riders, and pedestrians in danger every day. In fact, a recent study found that truck drivers with less than five years of experience are 41% more likely to cause a truck accident.
Is there anything you can do to punish a trucking company for hiring truck drivers with limited experience, especially if you were involved in a truck accident with one such inexperienced truck driver?
Unfortunately, there are no federal or state laws in California that would make it illegal to hire inexperienced truck drivers even despite the rather disturbing statistics of truck accidents involving inexperienced truck drivers. However, dealing with an inexperienced truck driver usually makes it easier to win a truck accident claim and obtain the maximum compensation for your damages and injuries.
How to prove inexperienced truck driver’s liability?
Here at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, we’ve established a pattern: inexperienced truck drivers make more mistakes and you can sue them for those mistakes if you find them.
However, most of the time you’ll require to seek help from an experienced Los Angeles truck accident attorney to find and prove the truck driver’s liability in your particular case.
In most truck accident cases, inexperienced truck drivers cause traffic collisions due to the following factors:
- Lack of sleep (inexperienced truck drivers tend to work more than 100 hours in a week, which is way above the limit regulated by-laws)
- Distraction or inattentive driving (truck drivers with little to no truck driving experience tend to get distracted very easily)
- Inexperienced truck drivers are usually not aware of all truck driving safety rules
- Truck drivers are also inclined to exceed speed limits to get from point A to point B faster
- Inexperienced truck drivers can’t assess weather conditions properly to adjust their movement or route
- Many truck drivers are not aware of how to navigate through poor road conditions to not wreck the 18-wheeler
- An inexperienced truck driver almost never makes sure his truck is properly maintained before hitting the road
- Many truck drivers undergo inadequate and insufficient training
- Truck drivers with limited truck driving experience are more likely to carry huge loads way above the limits regulated by both federal and state laws in California
As you can see, an inexperienced truck driver can do plenty of mistakes that can cause serious injuries and damages in truck accidents.
Only an experienced attorney knows which areas to investigate to expose negligence or illegality in an inexperienced truck driver’s actions. While you can’t really tell the difference between a skilled and inexperienced truck driver, our truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg can!