Commercial truck drivers are required to obtain a special license in Maryland. To get the license, the commercial truck driver must pass a series of tests and meet certain requirements. This post will go over those requirements.
Truck drivers and their employers, who operate commercial trucks without a commercial license are liable for injuries that they cause. The license is merely a threshold requirement, even if the truck driver obtains the license, it does not immunize him or her from liability in the event of a crash.
To obtain a license, the truck driver must have a personal driving license and be a permanent resident of the United States. The driver also must:
- Be at least 18 years or older (21 for interstate commercial driving);
- Your information must match your social security profile;
- Pass a vision test;
- Pass a knowledge test;
- Obtain a valid U.S. Department of Transportation card (or intrastate waiver); and
- Obtain a MCSA-5876 Medical Examiner Certificate attesting that the person is medically capable of driving.
Furthermore, drivers that transport dangerous materials must undergo a criminal background check and submit to the fingerprinting process. The fingerprint is kept on file and shared with law enforcement agencies.
If you were injured in a trucking accident, you might want to speak to an attorney. A lawyer can go over the various things that you will need to do to get your compensation. You shouldn't go through this alone; an attorney can help you check every fact to ensure you don't give up any chance at a fair recovery.