Training Requirements Changed in Truck Safety Law


Training Requirements Changed in Truck Safety Law

I’m Ed Smith, a Fair Oaks Truck Accident Lawyer. Safety on the roads is a subject of national concern. When motor vehicles of a smaller size are involved in a crash with a big rig, the results can be disastrous and cause serious injuries or deaths. A bill called the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by President Obama in 2012. However, it has yet to be completely implemented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Basic Principles of the Law

The law was enacted to address three issues concerning trucking. One was to remove carriers, vehicles and drivers that are high risk from operating. The second was to raise the standards higher for those who want to enter the trucking industry. The third was to hold both drivers and operators to the highest possible safety standards.

Delay in Implementation of Training

Although some of the provisions have been implemented, the mandate for trip planning, handling emergencies and a minimum requirement for hours behind the wheel of a big rig in order to drive a truck has been delayed repeatedly. The driving instruction requirement was watered down so that no minimum number of hours are set. In addition, the new regulation would only apply to those licensed after February 7, 2020.

Accidents With Big Rigs

An average of 4,000 people die each in trucking accidents with big rigs, and the number of injuries almost reach 100,000. New regulations to keep the roads safe from unqualified or risky operators may help. In California, although certain requirements must be met, those applying for a commercial driver’s license are not required to complete a certain number of hours behind the wheel in order to be licensed.

Truck Accident Injuries

When a truck weighing thousands of tons collides with a motor vehicle, it can cause injuries that are devastating as well as the loss of life. More serious physical injuries may include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or internal injuries and other types of trauma. Physical injuries may also be compounded by long-lasting emotional trauma. When you, or a loved one has been injured or died as a result of a crash with a big rig, a Fair Oaks personal injury lawyer can help you recover fair compensation.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Fair Oaks truck accident lawyer. Crashes with a big rig can cause devastating injuries or even result in a wrongful death and is compounded when the truck driver or company is at fault. If you, or your loved ones, have had this happen, call me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for advice that is friendly and free.

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