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Training requirements beefed up for new semi-truck licenses

A driver's worst nightmare is the thought of a collision with a semi truck. ElPasoProud.com reported about two New Mexico crashes involving big rigs on I-10 in the last month:

  • Near Lordsburg, a semi in windy, dusty conditions hit a car from behind, pushing it into another 18 wheeler and killing two automobile passengers.
  • West of Las Cruces, a tractor trailer was involved in a head-on accident that killed someone in the other vehicle.

While each situation is unique, there are some common contributing factors to the causes of these crashes. Some involve actions or inactions by trucking companies. For example, a trucking company when it hires a driver must ensure that he or she has a valid commercial license and that he or she is properly trained. Inadequate licensing, training, skill, rest, and experience can contribute to truck accidents.

Robust national training standards for truck-driving licenses

To raise the bar, the U.S. Department of Transportation through its Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of FMCSA developed new, comprehensive national training requirements for new commercial truck (and bus) drivers who want to qualify for a commercial driver's license. The rules were required by a federal law and were developed from recommendations of a 25-member committee of private industry, educational, scientific and government transportation experts.

The new standards took effect on February 6 with final compliance required by February 2020.

The stiffer training requirements are expected to save lives on the roads. Training providers must be able to certify that each driver who successfully completes the course has demonstrated mastery in knowledge and in behind-the-wheel training both on a range and in public.

Advocates for the victims of accidents on the roads caused by negligence or recklessness will watch developments with keen interest as the new political climate may do away with many regulations, like these new training rules.

Truck-accident victims should seek legal counsel

In Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico, the law firm of Giddens & Gatton Law,amp; Jacobus has personal injury attorneys who handle motor vehicle accident cases and can specifically provide advice to injury victims and their families regarding how to proceed in the wake of an accident-related injury.

Contact Giddens & Gatton Law,amp; P.C., at (505) 273-3720 to set up an appointment or visit the firm's website at giddensgattonandjacobus.com. Giddens & Gatton Law,amp; P.C., is located at 10400 Academy Road N.E., Suite 350, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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