In order to acquire a commercial driver’s license, truck drivers must pass more stringent driving and medical requirements. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers are held to higher standards when it comes to knowledge, experience, and driving ability. Drivers must not have committed any serious traffic infractions and they must satisfy higher safety standard requirements before getting a license. Additionally, drivers are required to meet thirteen key medical standards in order to operate a commercial vehicle. For instance, drivers must pass regular physicals in order to maintain a license. If you’ve sustained a personal injury in a truck accident in Monticello, Arkansas, the Ross Downs Law Firm can review your case to ensure that the truck driver involved in your accident met all federal safety and licensing standards.

Here are thirteen medical requirements all truck drivers are required to meet, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

  1. The driver must have full functioning of feet, legs, and arms. Drivers with proper prosthetic equipment may be able to receive a special certificate exempting them from this requirement, but only if the prosthetic allows the driver to perform normal driving operations.
  2. Driver must be able to properly grasp objects. Similarly, a driver may receive exemption if a prosthetic allows the driver to grasp objects and perform normal driving functions.
  3. Driver must not be on insulin or have a case of diabetes that requires treatment with insulin.
  4. Driver must not have a history of heart disease. However, this is a gray area for some physicians. A physician can pass a driver if the cardiovascular condition is not seen as sufficiently severe, or is unlikely to result in the driver becoming unconscious or dying while behind the wheel.
  5. Driver must not have a history of respiratory difficulties that could impair driving ability. Again, this is another gray area, where one doctor might pass one driver, another doctor might find a driver unfit.
  6. Driver must not have high blood pressure that could interfere with the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. This is also a gray area where a doctor’s determination and opinion could make a huge difference on whether a driver passes or fails the physical examination.
  7. Driver must not have arthritis or other musculoskeletal condition that could interfere with driving.
  8. Driver must not have any condition that could result in sudden loss of consciousness.
  9. Driver must not suffer from a psychiatric condition that could interfere with his or her ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  10. Driver must have 20/40 vision in each eye with or without glasses or contact lenses.
  11. Driver must pass a hearing test.
  12. Driver must not use any controlled substances, narcotics, or habit-forming drugs.
  13. Driver must have no medical diagnosis of alcoholism.

Many of the medical requirements for truck drivers involve a physician’s professional opinion. There have been recorded cases where drivers shop around for a physician who will provide a satisfactory medical evaluation, with tragic consequences. A truck accident lawyer in Monticello, Arkansas may be able to assist you if you find yourself in this situation. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages if your driver is found unfit to hold a commercial license. Visit rossdownslaw.com today.