Driving a commercial vehicle is not a job for the faint of heart. It is tough work, often with horrible hours. It is a job that will always be in demand, though, as there will always be a need to transport goods across the country. Due to vehicle type and the amount of time spent on the road, truck drivers do need to go through very specific training in order to get their commercial driver’s licenses. The problem is, some training programs may be better than others, and those who receive inadequate driver training are more likely to be involved in trucking accidents in Maryland or elsewhere.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set specific guidelines regarding commercial driver training. Currently, to obtain a commercial driver’s license, one has to complete course work through an approved training program. To move on, one then has to pass the final exam with a score of at least 80%. Hands-on training is also required. No one is supposed to pass driver’s training until they can adequately perform certain skills.
The FMCSA has not specified how many hours of training a commercial driver is supposed to have before he or she can obtain his or her CDL. Is that a good thing? Some may like the fact that they can get through training quickly, but rushing through puts commercial drivers out on the road with the general public when they may not actually be ready.
Those who have been involved in trucking accidents in the state of Maryland do have every right to question whether poor driver training may have contributed to the collisions. If there is a reason to suspect that it did, victims may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses — which they can do by filing any applicable legal claims against all parties thought responsible. An experienced attorney can review one’s case and assist one in seeking compensation through legal means if doing so is deemed appropriate.