How does Adequate CDL Training Help Prevent Truck Accidents in Connecticut?
The state of Connecticut has strict rules regarding the need for professional drivers to maintain a current Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Many of these rules and requirements were created in order to cut down on the risk of truck accidents occurring on America’s roads. One of the most valuable advantages that a driver can provide for themselves during this process is a CDL training course. Below you will find an overview of the application process, as well as information about how adequate CDL training can help prevent truck accidents in Connecticut.
CDL licenses are covered by national regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In Connecticut, a CDL is only available to drivers who are at least 18 years of age and who already possess a valid standard driver’s license. The process begins with obtaining a CDL learner’s permit, which can be difficult to obtain. In addition to providing all appropriate documentation and payments, applicants are asked to pass a written CDL Knowledge Test based upon the type of license they are seeking and, if they pass their permit, provides limited abilities until they become a full CDL holder. In order to get the full CDL, there is also a skills test that needs to be scheduled and passed, covering basic vehicle control, on-road testing, and vehicle inspection.
The American Transportation Research Institute conducted a study in 2008 analyzing the impact of driver training on safety and the incidence of truck accidents. Their review looked at three specific safety metrics, including:
- Department of Transportation (DOT) reportable accidents
- Traffic violation convictions
- Property damage
What they found was that in the subset of drivers that they followed, there were 6,978 incidents, broken down into 416 DOT reportable accidents, 5,603 property damage incidents and 959 traffic convictions. They found a direct correlation between the driver’s age and length of employment and the number of accidents that they had been involved in. They also found that the more hours the drivers had spent in their overall training program and the more instructional environments they were exposed to, the fewer incidents the drivers were involved in, though age and work experience also played a significant role.
Preventing truck accidents is a matter of importance to drivers on the roads of Connecticut and across the nation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has indicated that the driver-related causes of motor vehicle crashes fall into four categories: non-performance (driver falling asleep or suffering a medical condition); driver inattentiveness or distraction; poor decision making on the part of the driver; poor performance such as directional control or overcompensation. Though there were many associated factors, including mechanical problems or traffic flow, increased training can have a direct positive impact on the number of truck accidents on our roads.
If you have been injured in a truck accident and you believe that driver performance or negligence of some kind played a role, the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help. Contact us today to set up a free consultation about your case.