The current Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation on entry level truck driver training (FMCSA 380.503, requires a mere 10 hours of training that includes instruction in hours of service, wellness and whistleblower protection as well as driving. No mandatory training exists to teach someone how to actually drive a truck on an actual highway as a condition for obtaining a CDL. The extremely low training requirement was adopted despite the fact that before issuing the most recent hours-of-service rule, the FMCSA told Congress that entry-level driver training should include a minimum of 320 instructional hours, including more than 92 hours of protected off-street driving, as in a driving range, and 116 hours of street driving. A coalition of trucking industry organizations have filed suit to challenge this shockingly inadequate rule. See eTrucker.
— Ken Shigley, Shigley Law Firm, Atlanta, GA http://shigleylaw.com, http://atlantainjurylawyer.com
The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a “SuperLawyer” in Atlanta Magazine and one of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks).