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New training ideas meant to tamp down on truck accidents

When there is a truck accident in Florida or anywhere in the U.S., one of the first issues that must be considered when determining its cause is whether it was due to an unqualified truck driver. Given the large size and speeds at which these trucks travel, crashes can cause serious injuries and fatalities. The failure to properly train the trucker can be due to negligent acts on the part of the truck company or it might have been because the driver did not receive the proper training and lied about it. Understanding how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration handles its rules in this regard can help with considering litigation.

A new report surrounding a rule proposal was released to implement a set of training principles that drivers will have to adhere to before they are allowed to have a commercial driver's license (CDL). In this program, the drivers will have to be trained in driving the truck for a minimum of 30 hours before they receive the CDL. The rule going into effect would occur three years after it is published in the Federal Register. This is done 60 days after the proposal so there is ample time for the rule to be commented on by the public. The Department of Transportation and the White House would have to approve prior to it being published.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also wants to have a registry of training providers that are approved by the the agency. There would be various qualifications for the vehicles, tests taken by the drivers, who does the instructing and more that will be used to grant approval on those training new drivers.

These new rules are under consideration, but that does not mean the issues that they seek to address are irrelevant right now. When there are truck accidents, an investigation into whether the driver or company did not follow existing rules when it comes to training drivers, and if drivers failed to adhere to regulations, can provide a basis to seek compensation through a legal filing. Speaking to an attorney can help with pursuing a case to get compensation.

Source:, "FMCSA unveils driver training rule proposal, sets up core curriculum and more for pre-CDL drivers," James Jaillet, Mar. 4, 2016

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