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Commercial Driver's License and Trucking Accidents

Under the rules and regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Part 383 Subpart B (§ 383.23), a person is required to hold a certain driver's license to operate a commercial motor vehicle. The law states as a general rule that no person can operate a commercial vehicle, such as a big rig, without taking and passing a writing and driving test for a CLP or CDL. The CLP or CDL must also meet the standards of the FMCSA.

If a person fails to obtain this type of driver's license and is found to be driving or operating a commercial vehicle, they may find themselves in trouble in several perspectives, both criminally and financially. Employers are expected to make sure that each of their employees holds the proper licensing and qualifications to ensure the safest travel.

If an employer is aware that a driver failed to pass a commercial driver's license test and causes an accident, the blame may be placed upon an employer due to negligence. Truck driver negligence and employer negligence are some of the most common causes of injury and accidents on the road.

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