To keep all motorists safe, Texas truck drivers must complete stringent testing and earn a specialized driver's license before they can operate a big rig.
Unfortunately, many truck drivers on our Texas highways don't have a valid CDL. If the truck driver responsible for your accident did not have a valid CDL, you may have a strong case against the driver and their employer and should consult with a Texas truck wreck lawyer.
In order to operate an interstate commercial vehicle, the driver must:
- Have a commercial driver’s license
- 21 years of age (Federal); 18 years of age (Texas-intrastate)
- Be able to read and speak English
- Not otherwise disqualified to drive a commercial vehicle under 49 C.F.R. 391.15
- Carrier must obtain the driver’s background information: name, current address, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, list of accidents and moving violations for the preceding 3 years, residences for the preceding 3 years, and employers for the preceding 3 years
- Carrier must contact and maintain information on the contacts with the driver’s past employers where the driver operated a commercial vehicle for the preceding 10 years, and with all state department of motor vehicles where the driver held a license during the preceding 3 years;
- Must be medically certified as physically qualified to driver under 49 C.F.R. 391.41-49 and 391.11(b)(4)
In order to be able to drive a commercial Intrastate (Texas) vehicle, the differences from interstate are as follows:
- 18 years of age
- No requirement to read or speak English
- No requirement to pass medical if regularly employed as truck driver prior to 8/28/89.
If you think the truck driver responsible for your accident didn’t meet these qualifications or was negligent in some other way, contact the Texas 18-wheeler accident attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm. Our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of Texas accident victims.
Other Articles You Might Be Interested In:
What can a Fort Worth truck accident attorney do for me?
Statute of Limitations for Your Truck Accident
How Truck Accident Lawyers Are Paid
Why is it important to investigate my 18-wheeler accident as soon as possible?
How can I get access to the at-fault trucker's driving logs?