Turnover is a constant problem in the trucking industry. Long hours, low pay, and difficult working conditions mean that the industry is in a near-constant state of hiring. With so many new drivers on the road, South Carolina road users consistently face the risk of being injured in an accident caused by an inexperienced truck driver.
Because of this, big companies are exploring creative solutions to reduce the rate of truck accidents. New technologies are providing exciting opportunities for new truck drivers to learn safe driving practices before they ever hit the road.
How Virtual Reality is Being Used to Address The Problem of New and Inexperienced Delivery Drivers
Fortune reports that some large carriers are now using virtual reality systems to help train new drivers. In 2017, the United Parcel Service (UPS) added virtual reality exercises to its new driver training and safety exercises. The virtual reality programs allow trainees to have a 360-degree view of a simulated traffic scenario. The student then identifies and responds to safety hazards presented in the training program.
Meanwhile, Linde North America - one of the world’s largest suppliers of natural gas - uses a different virtual reality program to train its drivers on the safe handling of hazardous liquid gases. The program helps drivers learn and understand the specific safety hazards presented by the company’s uniquely hazardous cargo.
For these and other companies that maintain large fleets, virtual reality is proving to be a low-cost method of delivering consistent training to drivers all across the country. Researchers are beginning to examine the effects of such training to see how it compares to more traditional training methods. It remains to be seen whether the research will be able to prove that virtual reality training has a demonstrable effect upon driver safety. Until then, it does provide a safe space for drivers to learn important safety techniques without exposing other road users to real danger.
The Legal Obligations of a Transportation Company
Like other employers, transportation companies are legally responsible for negligence committed by employees while on the job. A delivery driver who crashes into another driver while on a route has, therefore, created liability for his or her employer. The employer can be held liable for financial losses resulting from the accident. This may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, therapeutic and rehabilitative services, property damage, and any other financial loss which can be attributed to the delivery driver’s negligence.
Our Columbia truck accident attorneys know just how devastating accident injuries can be for victims and their loved ones. We help victims protect their legal right to be compensated for injuries and losses, and help them hold drivers and transportation companies accountable for negligent driving behaviors. This is an important step toward deterring negligent truck driving in the future, and it helps protect other potential victims from future injuries.