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Injured by an Unskilled Truck Driver?

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Every truck driver requires a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to be legally allowed to operate a semi-truck or 18-wheeler in the U.S. The tests a truck driver must pass in order to obtain a CDL are in no way indicative of their skill level, however. Just as civilians must pass a driving exam to get a license and yet there are still unskilled drivers on the road, a truck driver who controls his vehicle poorly might still be able to pass the necessary tests and be granted a CDL. If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, you can take legal recourse against the unskilled driver who is at fault.

Contact a Houston truck accident attorney from The Cox Pradia Law Firm, P.L.L.C. to learn your legal options and start working on your case today!

Employers Must Take Responsibility for Training Truck Drivers

Ultimately, if a trucking company employs someone to be their commercial driver, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that they can safely operate the vehicle. Federal trucking regulations require employers to hire and train qualified drivers. This can be achieved by implementing thorough training programs and regularly evaluating employees.

If their negligence does lead to a truck accident injury, they may have to provide financial compensation that covers the related expenses, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Repair costs
  • Rehabilitation treatments
  • Lost wages

Useful Tips When Sharing the Road with a Commercial Driver

Even though unskilled truck drivers can be found completely liable for any dangerous truck accidents they cause, avoiding an accident altogether is always the best course of action. When you are on the road and near a commercial truck, always keep these helpful hints in mind to increase your chances of avoiding danger:

  • 1. Never tailgate: Trucks have powerful brakes that can rapidly slow down their mass faster than you might think. If you are directly behind one when it slams on the brakes, you could crash.
  • 2. Don’t linger in blind spots: Try to remember that tractor-trailers have bigger and more numerous blind spots than smaller vehicles, and don’t stay in them for too long.
  • 3. Careful when passing: If you are overtaking a commercial truck, be sure you enter its lane farther ahead than usual so that the driver can actually see and acknowledge your car.

Houston Truck Accident Lawyers Fighting for the Unjustly Injured

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident due to a truck driver with inadequate driving skills, we are here to support your claims and fight on your behalf. With more than 40 years of combined legal and trial experience, our compassionate team at The Cox Pradia Law Firm, P.L.L.C. can sit down with you and discuss how we can handle your case from start to finish.

Our personal injury lawyers are absolutely dedicated to giving our clients the five-star treatment they deserve, and it all begins with a free initial consultation. To further make you comfortable, we are proud to say that we work for contingency fees only.

Contact us today to work with a professional in Houston today!

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