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Illinois CDL requirements

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents


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.

What kind of training must a commercial truck driver receive?

Commercial truck drivers must undergo substantial testing to receive their commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Those steps may include:

  • Pass two or more written knowledge tests, as well as tests pertaining to air brakes and/or additional endorsements
  • Pass a driving knowledge test
  • Pass background and records checks

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.

Why might a driver lose their CDL?

A driver can have their CDL suspended or disqualified for a myriad of reasons. Some of those reasons may include:

  • Falsifying or failing to keep records of hours worked
  • Alcohol or controlled substance violations
  • Speeding or reckless driving
  • Driving without proper endorsements for the cargo being transported

What happens when a driver doesn’t have their CDL?

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.

How A Chicago Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You

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.

The Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. is happy to assist by offering a free consultation and review of your case at (312) 236-2900. Contact us today to take the next step.

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