The size and weight of a large commercial truck mean that any type of accident is likely to lead to severe injuries and extensive property damage. These vehicles must be driven by trained individuals. Unfortunately, inadequate driver training can affect everyone on the roadway. At Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn, we are here to help if you need a Virginia Beach inadequate driver training attorney by your side. If you or somebody you care about has been injured, we will investigate the claim and help you recover full compensation for your losses.
Choose Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn for Your Truck Accident Claim
- At Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn, we have more than 75 years of combined legal experience, and we know what it takes to secure compensation on behalf of our clients.
- We have returned significant multimillion-dollar settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of injury victims, including those harmed in truck accidents.
- Our lawyers regularly obtain significant settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of those injured as a result of truck crashes in Virginia. This includes a $350,000 settlement a Virginia Beach truck accident victim reached without even having to go to trial and a $1.1 million settlement for a bicyclist sideswiped by a tractor trailer.
- We take Virginia Beach truck accident claims on a contingency fee basis, which means that our clients will not have to pay any upfront or out-of-pocket costs while their case is ongoing.
How Will an Attorney Help a Virginia Beach Truck Accident Case?
A skilled truck accident lawyer has a multi-faceted role when it comes to inadequate driver training cases. They must conduct a complete investigation into the incident, which will include uncovering all records of the driver’s training and employment. A lawyer will work directly with experts from the trucking industry to evaluate a driver’s training and determine whether or not a lack of training caused the accident.
How Does Inadequate Training Affect Truck Drivers in Virginia?
The first step of becoming a truck driver is getting a commercial driver’s license. This is available to those who are 18 years of age or older in Virginia. In order to obtain a CDL, individuals must pass a state-approved driver education program designed specifically for commercial motor vehicles. If an individual does not go through the program, they can alternatively obtain their CDL if they hold a commercial learner’s permit for 30 days before taking the CDL road skills test at the DMV.
However, obtaining a CDL does not complete a driver’s training. Before truck companies allow a driver to operate, they must ensure that they are trained to drive each specific vehicle in the fleet that they will use on a regular basis. Most trucking companies have a training process in place, particularly if they hire those who recently obtained their commercial driver’s licenses.
Inadequate driver training can lead to dangerous conditions on the roadway. This could be caused by:
- Drivers operating while distracted by phones or other devices
- Drivers operating while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Operating too fast for conditions
- Ignoring common traffic laws
- Inexperienced truck driving maneuvers
Call a Virginia Beach Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a truck accident caused by a driver with inadequate training, you need to turn to the team at Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn for help as soon as possible. We have the resources necessary to handle every aspect of these complex claims, and we want to make sure that our clients recover total compensation for their losses. When you need a Virginia Beach truck accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by filling out the contact form below or calling us at (800) 752-0042.