- Health conditions: Certain medical conditions can jeopardize a trucker’s ability to drive safely. For example, truck drivers with sleep apnea, narcolepsy or other sleep disorders can pose a danger to others on the road. Truck drivers must regularly pass physical examinations to ensure that they are capable of fulfilling their duties safely.
- Substance abuse: A history of drug or alcohol abuse can be a red flag for truck drivers. The legal limits for blood alcohol concentration are much stricter for truck drivers than other drivers. Other types of drugs can lead to drowsiness or impaired judgment.
- Training and licensure issues: All states require truck drivers to hold a special license called a commercial driver’s license. To obtain and maintain their license, truckers must undergo training and keep a clean driving record. Truck drivers with a lengthy history of speeding, moving violations or prior accidents can be a liability to others on the road.
- Other issues: Truck drivers must be capable of safely operating their rigs, which may require communicating with dispatchers, observing traffic signs and keeping detailed logs. Truck drivers must have an adequate ability to speak and understand English.
In addition to these hard-and-fast rules, there are many fact-specific circumstances that can render a dangerous truck driver unfit for the job. If a truck driver’s employer – or, in some cases, the insurance company – failed to pick up on a dangerous drivers warning signs, they may potentially be liable to those injured as a result of the truck driver’s actions.
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