Qualifications of a Semi-Truck Driver
What is Required to Obtain a CDL License?
Semi-trucks make up a large percentage of the vehicles on American roadways. Our economy is driven by the men and women behind the wheel of very large and very heavy trucks. They are not only very large and heavy but require special training to operate. This is why the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires a specific test and license endorsement as well as regulations for these drivers before they are allowed on the road.
Commercial Driver’s License
A vehicle that is over a certain weight limit is considered a commercial vehicle. In order to operate a commercial vehicle, a driver must obtain a commercial driver’s license. Some of the requirement of obtaining a CDL include:
- 21 years of age
- Read and speak English sufficiently to understand signs and traffic signals and converse with the general public, respond to official inquiries and make entries on reports and records
- Safely operate the vehicle and pass the CDL exam
- Be physically able to operate the vehicle
- Not be disqualified to hold the CDL
What disqualifies someone from holding a CDL?
There are several things that disqualify someone from holding a commercial driver’s license. These include some of the following
- Driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Refusal to be tested for use of drugs or alcohol while operating the vehicle
- Transportation, possession or use of controlled substances such as methamphetamine, narcotic drugs etc.
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- A felony involving the use of a commercial vehicle.
The length of disqualification of using a CDL depends of several factors including whether or not it is a 1st offense, 2nd offense or more.
Accident or Injury caused by Semi-truck drivers
If you have been in an accident and/or injured by a semi-truck driver, you should contact our office today! We can do a thorough investigation as to the cause of the accident and the liable parties. If the driver of the semi was negligent, not properly qualified or actively DISQUALIFIED from operating the vehicles, or operating in violation of the DOT regulations, you may be entitled to damages.
Wall Huntington law firm is committed to making sure our clients receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us by filling out our online contact form or call (316) 265-6000.