Every truck driver is required to be licensed in his state of principal residence, with a driving record kept in a centralized computer for access by each state. According to federal law, each state is required to adopt uniform testing standards for commercial drivers prior to being licensed.
A CDL is required to operate the following vehicles:
However, the following vehicle are NOT required to obtain a CDL:
For certain vehicles, special endorsements are required:
A CDL is normally valid for four years, but there are a number of violations that can cause a truck driver to lose his or her privileges. Most safety violations will involve alcohol and drug abuse, fatigued driving, not following a proper pre-trip inspection, and general unsafe truck driving practices.
Proving these safety violations is an important part of any truck accident case in Michigan, especially when a truck driver who has negligently caused a crash denies responsibility.
Careful questioning by an experienced truck lawyer during the deposition of a truck driver or company safety director and access to the driver file will often prove negligence and cause many defense attorneys and insurance companies to re-evaluate their positions.
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