As we have discussed previously on this blog, semi-trucks that are improperly driven or improperly maintained pose a significant risk to other motorist on the road. These massive vehicles, when involved in an accident, can cause a serious amount of devastation, injury, and death. This is why it is imperative for those who have been injured in truck accidents to take legal action. Doing so can not only result in the imposition of liability and the recovery of compensation, but it may also help deter negligent truck driving and truck maintenance from occurring in the future.One way that federal regulators try to ensure trucking safety is by implementing rules to specify the knowledge and skills truckers must possess before they can take to the road. For example, truckers must have a demonstrated ability to perform basic tracking skills such as backing in a straight line and turning appropriately, as well as shifting in a way that ensures that the truck moves in a safe fashion. Truckers must also show that they have a deep understanding of more specialized skills such as visual searches and communications.Truckers must also be prepared to handle all types of driving conditions. Therefore, they should be able to demonstrate that they can drive in hazardous conditions, nighttime conditions, and emergency traffic conditions that require emergency maneuvers. Those truckers who were never able to demonstrate these skills should never take to the road. Therefore, those who are injured by a trucker's errors should consider obtaining the driver's employment records to see if his or her employer performed a thorough assessment of his or her abilities prior to allowing him or her to take to the road.This, of course, is just one of the many steps that should be conducted after being injured in a truck accident and pursuing a legal claim. Personal injury lawsuits require an extensive amount of work to both gather evidence and present it in a fashion that is compelling to both judge and jury. So, those who have been hurt in a truck accident may want to discuss their situation with a personal injury attorney of their choosing.