Driving heavy commercial trucks requires additional skills and expertise over driving a regular sized vehicle. Trucks are heavier, much more difficult to handle, and can cause serious accidents leading to property damage, personal injuries, and even death. Therefore, it makes sense that there are different rules that apply solely to commercial truck drivers with strict repercussions for any truck driver who violates these rules.
In addition to the skills and expertise requirements, truck drivers must also be ready for the mentality of driving such a large vehicle on specified deadlines. They must drive for very long hours alone with the same scenery often. This can lead to exhaustion, stress, depression, and frustration. All these feelings are never positive while driving because they can worsen a driver’s concentration, focus, and ability to handle a vehicle.
How To Obtain A Commercial Driver’s License
Truck drivers are held to a higher standard than other drivers on the road. To obtain a commercial driver’s license, truck drivers must pass background and medical checks to make sure that they are fit for the position. They must also successfully pass tests to prove their skills and knowledge on how to handle the class of commercial vehicle they wish to drive (classes A-C). If a driver has to transport hazardous material, he or she also has to pass another test to prove skills of handling and transporting hazardous material. Courses focused solely on the class of vehicle drivers wish to obtain a license for are available. Obtaining a commercial driver’s license justifiably takes more steps than obtaining a regular driver’s license.
Truck drivers who violate road laws may face their license being suspended, canceled, or revoked. Depending on the violation, truck drivers could lose their licenses for certain periods of time or even be disqualified for life. Furthermore, truck drivers can also be sentenced to jail and fined.
Violations include driving under the influence, having a .04% BAC or higher while driving a commercial vehicle, driving recklessly, and other driving infractions. Violations that only apply to commercial truck drivers include having an oversized load, inaccurate log books, and driving on roads that restrict commercial trucks. Even when truck drivers drive their own personal vehicles off-duty and commit a road offense, their commercial driving license can potentially be disqualified.
What Can Go Wrong
Truck accidents have caused pileups on the highway as well as permanent injuries and death. Injuries include whiplash, seatbelt injuries, and back pain. Fires in the middle of the road and unsecured spills have occurred causing hazards to all people in the near vicinity.
Road regulations are strictly enforced to avoid these types of accidents, but nevertheless accidents occur, which is why people are required to have insurance for commercial trucks in New York. In fact, New York mandates minimum coverages for property damage, bodily injuries, and death coverage. Commercial insurance is needed even if an employer uses his or her own pickup truck for business purposes as personal insurance will not cover such expenses.
If you are injured in an accident involving a truck, you need to be compensated. The experienced attorneys at O’Brien are available for a free initial consultation to discuss your potential claim. Call us today at (716) 907-7777.