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Physical Qualifications for Truck Drivers May Apply to Trucking Liability


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1/14/2013
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In order to operate a commercial vehicle, there are qualifications that drivers must meet. To learn how this could impact your case and trucking liability, contact accident attorneys in Atlanta today.

Physical Qualifications That Must Be Met

The following are some of the physical qualifications that must be met for an individual to perform the duties of a truck driver:

  • no loss of or impairments of the fingers, hand, arm, foot or leg that interferes with ability to operate the truck safely;
  • no diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, certain cardiovascular conditions, respiratory dysfunction or high blood pressure;
  • no psychiatric disorder that interferes with driving a truck safely;
  • no visual/hearing impairment; and
  • no use of prohibited drugs or substances and does not suffer from alcoholism.

There may be other impairments or diseases that may disqualify someone from operating a big rig, and there may be specific criteria that apply to each one of these qualifications.

Much of this information can be found in the truck driver qualification file. It could become a critical piece of evidence in your trucking liability case.

Seeking Help from Accident Attorneys in Atlanta

Although truck crashes can be fatal, many more result in injuries. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2010, there were 56,000 injury crashes involving large trucks, resulting in 80,000 persons being injured.

To learn about your rights after a truck crash, consult Atlanta accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 1-404-513-5415. We can help by reviewing the driver qualification file.



Category: Truck Accidents

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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