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Unqualified truck driver may be key factor in trucking accidents

When representatives from the trucking industry recommend better training for its drivers, it's probably safe to assume lack of training is a factor in trucking accidents that occur in North Carolina. According to an online magazine for truckers, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association wants Congress to sign off on a highway bill that would include minimum driver training standards, especially for inexperienced, entry-level drivers.

OOIDA's director of government affairs, says the highway bill would address several issues that are a concern for truckers, the public and those pushing for better regulation all in one shot. He went on to point out that the bill would ensure only trained and knowledgeable drivers will operate commercial vehicles going forward. The organization is urging truckers and the public at large to reach out to lawmakers with personal messages addressing the need for better training for truck drivers.

OOIDA has a trucking safety website set up with talking points for the bill as well as numerous informational articles related to safety in the trucking industry. With the recent media attention surrounding the truck accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian, this is a good time for America to address the safety problems inherent to the trucking industry.

Personal injury attorneys also advocate safety in the trucking industry, which is why so many of us have made a personal commitment to helping victims of truck accidents file a successful claim. When we all work together to find answers like the proposed highway bill, we make our roadways safer for us now and for future generations. This is why it is important for victims of a truck accident to reach out for legal help -- to raise awareness that could ultimately lead to viable solutions.

Source: Land Line Mag, "DRIVER TRAINING: Training for new drivers must be priority for FMCSA, OOIDA says" Sep. 15, 2014

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