It's no secret that 18-wheelers pose a unique risk to drivers traveling on California highways. Unlike smaller vehicles, an 18-wheeler needs a tremendous amount of lead time in order to stop. In the best conditions, these large vehicles could need the length of two football fields to come to a complete halt. That distance grows in rain or other wet conditions.
When an 18-wheeler is unable to safely come to a stop, accidents happen. Trucks that jackknife across multiple lanes can strike dozens of vehicles and injure carloads of people. That's why some training schools for big rig drivers are taking a long look at driver safety.
According to the head of the popular driving school at Tallahassee Community College, safety training is now far more intense that it was just 5 or 10 years ago. Driving students spend a significant period of time in the classroom before they ever get behind the wheel. This classroom learning includes studying practical manuals, Department of Transportation regulations, safety guidelines and much more. The training also covers the proper way to use everyday items like log books and maps.
While navigating large vehicles in a variety of conditions is an important part of the training, these schools also believe in teaching truckers how to safely share the road with other drivers. That includes teaching new drivers to constantly be vigilant through scanning the road ahead, paying attention to traffic patterns and preparing for sharp turns or steep inclines in an effort to reduce truck accidents.
Despite these efforts, trucking accidents are still a reality. If an individual is injured by the negligent driver of an 18-wheeler, the may have a valid claim for damages. These damages could include medical bills, lost wages and more. An experienced truck accident injury law firm might be able to help a victim recover damages through the legal system by filing a lawsuit against the at-fault parties.