Truck drivers must go through special training requirements, as it takes a great deal of skill to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. When a driver hasn’t received proper training, it increases the risk of an accident. An inappropriately trained truck driver is a key piece of evidence that should be unearthed for Clarksburg accident victims trying to establish fault for their accidents.
Training Requirements for Entry-Level Drivers
Entry-level drivers must receive instruction in the following areas:
- hours of service – limitations on driving hours, record of duty status, off-duty requirements;
- driver wellness – avoidance of alcohol, basic health maintenance;
- whistleblower protection – safety from employer retaliation for questioning safety practices; and
- driver qualification requirements – federal regulations pertaining to responsibility, disqualifications, procedures for medical exams, medical certification and general qualifications.
Training Requirements for Commercial Driver’s License Program (CDL)
Drivers must hold a valid CDL in order to operate a commercial motor vehicle. There are different classes of licenses, based upon the type of vehicle. Drivers in Clarksburg must pass a knowledge and skills test developed by the state and meet federal standards. Sometimes a third-party agency can administer the skills test.
Training Requirements for Operating a Longer Combination Vehicle (LCV)
There is a special training program that drivers wishing to operate an LCV must complete. An LCV is a tractor that pulls two or more semitrailers weighing more than 80,000 pounds.
The following are categories of instruction required in an LCV training program:
- basic operation;
- safe operating practices;
- advanced operations; and
- non-driving activities.
There are numerous other federal requirements for truck drivers. Other examples include adhering to the hours-of-service rules, ensuring the truck is safe for operation, avoiding drowsy driving or texting while driving. Any of these issues could become a significant factor in an accident and if so, deserve discussion with a legal representative.
If you’re in a truck accident and suspect violation of federal regulations including truck driver training requirements, call 304-931-4088 to set up a consultation with The Miley Legal Group in Clarksburg.