Commercial truck drivers in Illinois are subject to rigorous training requirements designed to keep themselves, as well as other drivers, safe on Chicago highways. Yet these requirements may not be met for various reasons, including improper training, pressure to complete jobs in an unsafe manner, or traffic violations.
And when drivers make these mistakes, they put themselves and others at enormous risk. Not just that, but their actions may have long-lasting, devastating consequences.
If you’ve been involved in an accident and have questions about the driver’s training, a Chicago truck accident attorney can discuss all aspects of the case. We will dig into the driver’s history and training to see whether it played a part in the accident—and advise you on any potential next steps.
Commercial truck drivers must undergo substantial testing to receive their commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Those steps may include:
After receiving a CDL, a driver must remain current on all applicable licenses and endorsements, receive training through their employer, understand federal guidelines that apply to truck maintenance, and comply with labor laws.
A driver can have their CDL suspended or disqualified for a myriad of reasons. Some of those reasons may include:
It is a very serious offense for a driver to continue performing their duties without a CDL. If an accident occurs in this scenario, we may pursue a claim or lawsuit against the company.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations prohibit a trucking company from requiring or allowing a driver to operate a commercial vehicle without their CDL. Should a collision occur in this instance, we may pursue a negligence claim against the trucking company.
Our truck accident attorneys serve clients throughout the Chicago area, including Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Joliet, Naperville, and Waukegan. If you’ve been involved in a commercial truck collision, we at the Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. want to help you rebuild your life and move on from the devastating accident. We will review your case, work to determine fault, and advocate for fair compensation on your behalf.