Many trucking companies recognize the serious consequences which can occur as a result of Atlanta truck accidents. Truck accidents are more likely to cause injury to someone outside of the truck than to someone in it, and the injuries sustained by motorists in truck crashes can be deadly. Trucking companies can be held accountable for truck crashes and can face serious consequences from regulators for safety violations.
To try to avoid all of these undesirable consequences, some trucking companies employ professionals to manage fleet safety and they even institute training programs which are designed to help make truckers safer at doing their jobs.
While all of these are good steps to take, unfortunately there are often problems which prevent the programs from being effective. Even if a trucking company is careful and does everything right, the trucking company can still be held accountable for negligent actions of its employees on-the-job. As a result, victims need to consult with an Atlanta attorney who handles truck accident cases in order to determine if they can make a claim against the trucking company when a crash occurs.
Why Aren’t Safety Training Programs Helping to Prevent Atlanta Truck Accidents?
Trucking Info recently discussed some of the problems and shortcomings with safety training programs for truckers that can result in the programs being ineffective at actually reducing truck crashes or preventing truck collisions from occurring. Some of the identified problems that undermine the effectiveness of truck crash prevent efforts on the part of trucking companies include:
- Overworked safety managers: Those in charge of fleet safety often end up spending a lot of their time responding to emergencies like accidents or citations received by their drivers. The result is that it is hard for them to find the time to sign effective training programs and to find out what is working in training and what isn’t.
- Lack of support from the top. If there is not total buy-in from all levels of the trucking company, including executives, this can make the training much less effective. Everyone needs to believe in the value of the training so it can be funded appropriately and so enough time can be provided for training. Having everyone on-board also helps to foster an overall culture in which safety is of utmost importance.
- Lack of employee buy-in. Unless truckers believe that the training is a valuable use of their time, they are unlikely to take away many important lessons from it.
- Lack of follow-up and measurement of training results. In order to design effective training, it is essential to monitor the results from the lessons which are being taught.
While these programs have shortcomings, it is still better for trucking companies to try to make drivers follow best practices for safety, rather than to do nothing. Hopefully, trucking companies can continue to work on the training they offer and can help drivers to be safer so crashes become fewer and far between.
The Atlanta truck accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after a collision. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.