Truck Driver Training | Semi Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck Driver Training | Semi Truck Accident Lawyer

How Long Does It Take to Become a Licensed Semi Truck Driver?

The answer will both surprise you. In a recent truck driving school email trying to solicit new semi truck driver recruits, there are ten (10) basic questions answered about getting “your Class A Commercial Drivers License.” Most of the questions deal with the “severe shortage of qualified drivers right now” and the “steady income, excellent job security, flexibility…” However, to show just how easy it is to become a licensed tractor trailer operator, the truck driver training school offers a “structured 3 week, 154 hour schedule, taught Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm and one evening of nighttime driving.” This training school even goes on to openly admit “[w]e want you to pass your CDL test and begin to drive in as short a time as possible.” That’s correct. They want to put commercial truck drivers on the road with the rest of us, perhaps driving an overloaded truck like the one depicted in the photo to the right, “in as short a time as possible.”

This truck driver training facility is correct when it decries a “severe shortage or qualified drivers” but putting unskilled and poorly trained drivers on the highways and interstates is not the answer. One of the most common causes of tractor trailer or semi truck accidents is poor training and supervision. Despite high unemployment among younger workers, there is little interest in driving a truck long distance. The pay is certainly good by comparison, but drivers are on the road and away from friends and family for days, if not weeks, at a time. More seasoned truck drivers will attest to the strain being a “trucker” can have on marriages and relationships. It is also “lonely” on the road, and you can only listen to the same CDs so many times. Consequently, it is expected that the truck driver shortage nationwide will only worsen as older drivers retire or leave the road.

Where does this leave the other driving public? Well, our safety is put at extreme risk when heavy, overloaded trucks are driving down the highway at interstate speeds. Physics come into play, and bad things can happen quickly when loads shift or a driver has to try to stop thousands of pounds to avoid a crash. The answer is fairly straightforward. We need to attract more short haul drivers who can pass their load onto other truckers and get back home to their family and friends. It will certainly require more effort to coordinate schedules, but that’s what computer systems can easily manage. Simply putting more improperly trained and inexperienced drivers on the road is a formula for disaster. We already know where that plan takes us. Innocent lives should be better protected by the trucking industry. If they take risks with our lives, they should be held to account when bad things happen.

Two North Carolina Truckers Killed in Crash

Two North Carolina truckers are dead after a violent 18-wheeler crash that occurred out of state in Louisiana Wednesday.

The 25-year-old truck driver and his 21-year-old passenger were both pronounced dead on the scene, while another 25-year-old passenger was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

The tractor-trailer rig crashed Wednesday morning on Interstate 12 when the large vehicle ran off the highway, struck trees, and caught fire.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

In the United States, approximately 500,000 accidents involving large commercial vehicles happen every year.  Although these large vehicles play a huge part in our nation’s economy, commercial vehicles present dangers for road users. If you or someone you know has been involved in a crash involving a tractor-trailer or otherwise, call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

Tractor-Trailor Hauling Frozen Chicken Overturns in Charlotte

Crews were working to clear a nasty scene after a tractor-trailer hauling frozen chicken overturned on the Innerloop of Interstate 485 to the on ramp of Interstate 77 northbound Thursday.

The accident happened early Thursday morning around 5:30 a.m. in the Northlake area of Charlotte.

The ramp was closed for hours while crews worked to clear the wreckage.

Authorities have not yet disclosed the number of injuries.

Every year in the U.S., an estimated 500,000 accidents occur involving large trucks.   Of these, around 5,000 result in fatalities.  It’s important for drivers to stay particularly aware when driving around large vehicles and strive to stay visible to their drivers.  If you or someone you love has been in a wreck involving a tractor-trailer or otherwise, you need an attorney on your side.  Call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.

NCDOT Striving For Safety With New Highway Improvements

New signs have been posted on the ramp from Interstate 485 to Interstate 77 after the sharp turn in this area experienced a number of tractor-trailer crashes.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the new signs are there to help remind drivers to practice safe driving techniques.

Workers began the project of putting up $10,000 worth of new signs at the dangerous ramp.

The signs are much like those that were already in place at the ramp, except they are at least twice the size.

DOT officials say that it is merely a temporary fix until the upcoming projects that include lane improvements.

Studies in Charlotte reveal that from June 2009 to April 2012, this particular ramp has experienced a total of 26 crashes, including three rollovers, one jackknife and over a dozen were fixed objects or drivers who ran off the road.  It’s important that Charlotte drivers remember pay attention to the cautionary signs and watch out for other vehicles that may not be aware of the hazards.  If you or someone you know has been involved in a serious accident in Charlotte or the surrounding area(s), call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.


Interstate 77 Shut Down Due to Dangerous Fuel Spill

Lanes on Interstate 77 were shut down around Statesville after a tractor-trailer crashed and spilled fuel onto the median Wednesday night.

According to North Carolina Highway Patrol, the tractor-trailer broke an axel when it crashed on the north-bound side of the highway near Exit 50, at around 8:30 p.m.

Both sides of I-77 were shut down for hours while crews worked to clean up the fuel.  There is no word of serious injury yet.

Studies reveal that in 2010 alone, 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 injured in crashes involving trucks.  When driving around these large vehicles, it’s important to stay alert and try to stay visible to the drivers.  If you or a loved one is involved in an accident involving a commercial vehicle or otherwise, call the Attorneys at Robert J. Reeves P.C. at (704) 351- 7979.