Testing compliance. 

In addition to passing rigorous driving and written testing to get a CDL, truckers must also pass pre-employment screenings for controlled substances. Employers must add these results and other documentation (including a trucker’s driving history, criminal history, and medical examinations) to the driver’s qualification file.

New drivers.

Any trucker with less than one year of experience operating a commercial motor vehicle is considered an entry-level driver and must complete specific training on braking, turning, securing cargo, and coupling/uncoupling.

Wrong license for load.

Under The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, all truckers must have the appropriate license for the type and weight of the load they are carrying. This may be important if the trucker in your case was carrying a particularly heavy load or transporting hazardous materials without an endorsement.

Expired or invalid license.

Trucking companies have a duty to ensure that all of their drivers have valid commercial licenses. If drivers lie on job applications or allow their CDLs to expire during employment, it could have a bearing on your truck crash case—especially if the employer was aware of non-compliance.

While trucking companies have considerable insurance coverage under their commercial auto policies, they are also skilled at fighting claims instead of paying victims.

Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.
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