According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were
4,311 traffic fatalities involving large trucks and buses in 2015. Many
of those crashes were caused by people who should not have been driving
those vehicles in the first place.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
Businesses using commercial motor vehicles must hire qualified drivers
to prevent crashes and protect the motoring public. The Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Regulations state, “A person shall not drive a commercial
motor vehicle unless he/she is qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle.
Except as provided in §391.63, a motor carrier shall not require
or permit a person to drive a commercial motor vehicle unless that person
is qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle.” The Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Regulations are meant to protect drivers, passengers and
pedestrians from commercial motor vehicles by preventing a wide range
of harm that can come from bad commercial truck driving.
Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle
Driving a commercial motor vehicle requires much more knowledge than driving
a regular car. They are bigger, brake slower, turn wider, and are taller
than regular cars. They can also require more mechanical knowledge to
operate. For these reasons, someone must be properly trained and qualified
to use them. There must be qualified commercial motor vehicle drivers
because of the serious harm which may happen in crashes. Even the slowest
of collisions can cause serious injury, and if a crash happens at full
speed, the results can be deadly.
Hold Unqualified Drivers Accountable With Our Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have been hurt because of an unqualified truck driver, please make
our roads safer by holding the company who hired that driver accountable
for the harm. Only when companies are made to pay full and fair value
for the harms they cause by breaking the rules do they make wide-sweeping
changes that make our communities safer. Allow our legal team of Meyerkord,
Russell & Hergott to fight for you.
Learn more about how our Kansas City personal injury attorneys can help
if you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident here.