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Who Issues Truck Drivers Their Commercial Driver’s Licenses?

Large trucks such as tractor-trailers are common sight on our country’s highways. Due to their massive size and weight, these vehicles have the potential to cause serious accidents that may result in catastrophic injuries to the people involved. Because of the inherent risks these vehicles pose, the industry is highly regulated by both state and federal law. One requirement set by the federal government is that drivers of large commercial trucks hold a commercial driver’s license, or CDL. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you should contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. The lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping victims of truck accidents obtain the compensation they deserve.

Since 1992, federal law has required that states issue CDLs based on minimum standards set by the federal government. Before that time, certain states allowed anyone who was licensed to drive to drive commercial vehicles, and others had low standards for licensing requirements. The federal government now establishes standards for the testing, licensing, and health of people seeking to obtain a CDL. The federal government also maintains a national database of people who hold CDLs in order to keep people from using multiple licenses to conceal driving violations. The following categories of vehicles require a CDL to operate:

  • Trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • Vehicles transporting more than 16 people
  • Vehicles transporting hazardous materials

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a free consultation

If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping victims of truck accidents recover. After a truck accident, make sure that you record as much information as possible regarding the accident, including taking pictures of the scene, if possible. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced truck accident attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia