Commercial Driver’s License StandardsFederal Law dictates minimum Commercial Driver License Standards
The first step to winning a truck accident case is identifying what the truck driver did or did not do that was negligent. A Board Certified Truck Accident Attorney has demonstrated a thorough understanding of truck driving rules and regulations. The Maryland Driver’s Manual is less than 50 pages. The industries’ most popular Tractor-Trailer Driver Training Manual by J.J. Keller is 864 pages. Applying the rules of the road for car driving to a truck accident case is a common error. The 864 page Tractor-Trailer Driver Training Manual is filled with the safety rules that are meant to protect the public and prevent accidents. The FMSCA requires every commercial motor vehicle driver to know:
- Safe operation regulations.
- Safe vehicle control systems.
- Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Control Systems.
- Basic vehicle control.
- Shifting transmissions.
- Visual Search techniques.
- Communication techniques and procedures.
- Speed management
- Space Management.
- Safe night time operation of a commercial motor vehicle.
- Extreme Driving Conditions.
- Perceiving Hazards.
- Emergency Maneuvers.
- Skid control and Recovery.
- Interplay between Cargo and vehicle control.
- Vehicle Inspections.
- Transportation of Hazardous Materials.
- Mountain Driving.
- Fatigue and awareness.
- Air brake knowledge covering seven areas.
- Combination vehicles.
Combination vehicles.The commercial motor vehicle driver must also demonstrate the following skills:
- Pre-trip vehicle inspection skills.
- Basic vehicle control skills.
- Safe on-road driving skills.
- Ability to display such skills under realistic on-street conditions.
The Federal government also has specific endorsements for drivers of school buses, transporters of hazardous materials, trucks with double or triple trailers and passenger transport vehicles, and tankers. An effective truck accident attorney must be familiar with the extensive procedures, standards and techniques that a trained commercial motor vehicle driver is supposed to perform. These requirements are far more extensive than those required for a standard driver’s license.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial motor vehicle call a Board Certified Truck Accident Attorney. A Board Certified Truck Accident Attorney can identify the potential errors committed by the truck driver and/or his company that caused your accident. Commercial truck drivers are given several hundred pages of safety rules to follow to protect the public. George Patterson is a Board Certified Truck Accident Attorney and offers free consultations at his Annapolis and Bowie offices.