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I was in an accident with a box truck and the driver didn’t seem experienced. What are the qualifications for becoming a truck driver?

 

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It is nerve racking to be on the road with a vehicle weighing 80,000 pounds. That is why we have to hope and pray that the operator of that vehicle is well-trained, qualified, safe and responsible. While most truck drivers are trained and qualified, many are not.

When screening applicants for a trucking job, trucking companies should use certain criteria. Companies should only hire drivers who have a commercial driver’s license, are adequately trained, and have a thorough knowledge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as well as company policies. This includes an understanding of the hours of service regulations and the different laws that apply to truck drivers.

However, many trucking companies hire entry level truck drivers who have passed all the tests and have gone through training. While these drivers may be legally permitted to drive a truck, they lack the driving time and years of experience that seasoned truckers have.

When a Florida trucking accident occurs, qualified lawyers can investigate the driver as well as the trucking company. Lawyers will want to know if the trucking company conducted a road test of the driver, if the trucker had the proper training and license to operate a large truck, if the truck driver drove too many hours and falsified log books, or if the trucker was talking on his cell phone or texting while driving.

After a Sarasota truck crash, the Mallard Law Firm will investigate a truck driver’s background, experience, and qualifications, and we know what evidence to preserve after a wreck. To find out if you have rights to a financial recovery, contact a skilled Sarasota accident attorney today for a free consultation at 888-409-3805.