What to Do When You’re in a New York Truck Crash with a Driver who Lacks a Proper License

Have you ever wondered who is driving that truck next to you? How is that person prepared to safely maneuver a tractor-trailer through the crowded streets and busy highways of the New York City area?

Minimum Commercial Drivers License Standards

Prior to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 some states allowed anyone with a valid driver's license to operate a commercial vehicle. In other words, as long as you were licensed to drive a car you could legally get behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer without further training. While the federal government does not license truck drivers, it did provide minimum requirements that state governments must implement when licensing drivers of commercial motor vehicles.

Now, at a minimum, drivers of large trucks must:
  • Pass knowledge and skills tests before being licensed. To pass the knowledge test, an applicant must answer 80% of the questions correctly, and to pass the skills test, an applicant must perform all of the skills correctly.
  • Only be licensed in one state. This is to help ensure that fraud does not occur and that a driver who fails the license qualifications in one state does not try to pass in another state.
  • Provide a complete driving record for the past ten years to the State before obtaining a license. States will consider driving infractions such as speeding and violations such as driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident when deciding whether to issue a commercial license.

If You Are Hurt by an Unlicensed Truck Driver, It is Important to Contact a New York Accident Attorney

It takes skill to operate a large truck. If you have been hurt in a New York truck accident and the truck driver was not appropriately qualified to drive the vehicle then you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact an experienced New York accident lawyer at 1-800-PAGAN-911 today for more information.