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Truck driver training is thorough for good reason

Truck drivers in Missouri and around the country work grueling shifts that can last as long as 14 hours, and remaining vigilant becomes increasingly difficult for them as the hours pass. This should be a concern for all road users as semi-tractor trailers weigh up to 80,000 pounds and require the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop when fully laden even when road and weather conditions are ideal.

The training truck drivers receive is thorough, and those hoping to earn a commercial vehicle driver's license must be able to show that they can safely control a semi-tractor trailer in all kinds of weather. They are also taught how to deal with a variety of emergency situations. However, keeping track of far smaller vehicles that disappear into and then emerge from large blind spots is their biggest challenge. This can be especially difficult in heavy traffic or when visibility is hampered by rain or fog.

Commercial vehicle driver's license courses last for about eight weeks and include hundreds of hours in the classroom as well as behind-the-wheel training. Topics covered include Department of Transportation regulations, hours-of-service rules, the dangers of drowsy driving and the importance of defensive driving techniques when controlling vehicles that pose a serious threat to other road users.

The damages awarded in truck accident lawsuits are often significant because the injuries suffered by the plaintiffs are frequently debilitating. Commercial vehicle operators are expected do all that they reasonably can to protect the public, and they might be held financially responsible when crashes are caused by inexperienced truck drivers who have not received sufficient training. Trucking companies may also face litigation when accident investigators discover that crashes were caused by unsafe commercial vehicles that had been poorly repaired or inadequately maintained.

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