Houston, TX- One of the first line offenses on preventing truck accidents is to require that drivers have the experience, qualifications and sound safety record before they are allowed to get behind the wheel of a large truck. But there are occasions when trucking companies hire and allow drivers on the road when they don’t have a commercial driver’s license. Any trucking company that allows a person who has a suspended CDL on the road can be held accountable if that driver causes an injurious or deadly truck accident.

What are the Requirements for Drivers of Commercial Trucks?

  • The driver must be aged 21 or older
  • The driver must be in good health and able to physically preform their job.
  • Drivers must be able to read English so they can understand traffic signs. They must also be capable of holding a conversation in English.
  • Drivers are required to operate their vehicle safely.
  • Drivers must be able to load and properly secure their cargo.
  • Drivers are required to pass a road test or provide proof of equivalent test.
  • Drivers must not have a suspended CDL or have a traffic violation conviction within the past 12 months.
  • Drivers must pass drug tests

A driver can be disqualified from operating a large commercial truck for the following reasons:

  • They have a suspended, revoked or withdrawn CDL for any reason
  • Driven their truck under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Have left the scene of a truck accident
  • Committed serious or disqualifying traffic violations
  • Used their vehicle in commission of a felony

Federal law prohibits trucking companies from using or hiring drivers who do not have a qualifying commercial driver’s license. Despite this law, some trucking companies still hire drivers who don’t have their CDL.

Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration forced a North Carolina trucking company, stating not only did they fail to properly maintain their vehicles but also allowed some of employees to driver their vehicles even though they had a suspended CDL. Trucking companies that allow disqualified drivers to work for them will have to shoulder some of the responsibility if a motorist is injured or killed.

Typically, truck accidents involve more parties than an automobile accident. Traffic accidents usually involve the victim, the at-fault driver and their insurance company, but truck accidents are less cut and dry and liability can lie in the hands of numerous parties. Those parties can include the driver, the trucking company, the party who loaded a truck, parts manufacturers and insurers.

A truck accident victim can only get the compensation they need when all parties are held accountable for their injuries. Houston truck accident attorneys are able to determine which parties are responsible for a victim’s injuries and who should have to pay if they employ a disqualified driver.

If you have been injured in a truck accident contact a Houston truck accident attorney to discuss your case and determine how much compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.