Changes Coming for Commercial Truck Drivers


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8/17/2011
The Pagan Law Firm, P.C.
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Driving a truck is a demanding job that requires drivers to be in good health to protect themselves and to prevent truck accidents with other motorists. The federal government recognizes that good health is an important part of driving safely, and beginning on January 1, 2012, the U.S. government will require all states to:
  • Require that commercial truck drivers certify the type of operations the driver expects to conduct and add the self-certification to the driver's driving history record.
  • Maintain the medical certificate of any driver required to have a physical to complete his or her job. The medical certificate must be maintained for three years.
  • Post information from the medical certificate to the driver's record within 10 business days.
  • Update a driver's record within 10 calendar days of receiving a medical variance notice from the FMCSA.
  • Update a medical certificate to non-certified, notify the driver and start state procedures for downgrading a license within 10 days of a medical certificate or variance expiring.

While our New York accident lawyers hope that these changes help reduce serious truck wrecks, we know that medical issues are only one potential cause of New York truck accidents and that crashes will continue to occur.

If you are hurt in a truck wreck then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please call an experienced New York accident attorney today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for more information about your rights and your potential recovery.

Please read our free library article to learn more about truck driver qualifications: What to Do When You're in a New York Truck Crash with a Driver who Lacks a Proper License 

Category: Auto Accidents


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