There are certain requirements that drivers must possess in order to operate a commercial vehicle, and when they're lacking, trucking liability may be present in the event of an accident. Many of these requirements can be verified through the truck driver qualification file, which Atlanta accident attorneys can obtain if you were injured in a crash.
Requirements for Truck Drivers
The following are 10 truck driver requirements. Drivers must:
- be 21 years old or older;
- pass a driver’s road test (or equivalent) successfully;
- be in good physical health and condition;
- complete an application for employment;
- be able to read/speak English well enough to communicate, fill out records and reports, and know traffic signals;
- have a medical certificate;
- be able to operate a commercial vehicle safely;
- have a valid license;
- be able to load and secure cargo properly and safely; and
- provide list of all motor vehicle violations or asigned statement of no convictions.
Seeking Help from Accident Attorneys in Atlanta
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 3,261 fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2010, resulting in 3,675 deaths. Although these are tragic, even nonfatal accidents can result in severe injuries.