Truck driving is a highly-regulated and difficult occupation. The regulations, including training requirements, exist to ensure that truck drivers have adequate knowledge and skills to operate commercial trucks safely.
Unfortunately, each year people are seriously injured and even killed by drivers who did not receive proper training. Contact Atlanta truck accident attorney James Ponton today if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a trucking accident.
What Training is Required of Truck Drivers?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has developed and issued standards for testing and licensing requirements for commercial truck drivers. Certain licenses are required to operate certain types of trucks; furthermore, drivers must receive “endorsements” to comply specific rules when transporting certain materials or operating specific types of trucks.
Drivers are issued licenses in accordance with the following classifications:
- Class A: Any combination of vehicles which has a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of 26,001 pounds or more whichever is greater (inclusive of any towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds whichever is greater).
- Class B: Any single vehicle which has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of 26,001 pounds or more, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight that does not exceed 10,000 pounds.
- Class C: Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more
Drivers who operate special types of trucks must pass additional tests to obtain any of the following endorsements:
- T - Double/Triple Trailers
- P - Passenger
- N - Tank vehicle
- H - Hazardous materials
- X - Combination of tank vehicle and hazardous materials endorsements
- S - School Bus
A truck driver or trucking company that ignores these licensing and training requirements can be subjected to serious penalties. We conduct truck driver background checks, including on licensing and training, as part of the legal services provided by Ponton Law.
Is Special Training Ever Required for Truck Drivers?
Trucking companies that ship hazardous materials must ensure that their employees (including contract employees) receive proper training. Among other areas, hazardous material transportation training must cover:
- Shipping Papers. Drivers must know how to properly complete and maintain required paperwork. This paperwork is used to communicate what is being transported to handlers, regulators and other people who must deal with the hazardous materials.
- Placards and Vehicle Markings. The placards and vehicle markings are used to quickly identify the type of hazardous material being transported and are often necessary to help protect emergency responders in the case of an accident.
- Loading and Unloading. Commercial trucks are designed to carry different hazardous materials in different ways, therefore, it is important that truck drivers and those working at shipping facilities are properly educated on how to load and unload trucks.
There are many other training areas that a commercial trucking company might be responsible for.
How Do I Contact Ponton Law?
Please contact us online or call Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507 to discuss your case. We strive to provide the absolute highest quality representation to the injured and we look forward to serving you and your family.