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What Are Truck Driver Training Requirements?

Any individual who drives a commercial vehicle in Nevada is required to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and undergo training. A CDL is required to drive school buses, limousines, and heavy trucks. To obtain a CDL, a person has to meet certain criteria and possess specific qualifications.

If you were injured in an accident with a truck driver, then a full investigation will be needed to determine whether the driver was in possession of a valid CDL and whether they were provided with adequate training to do their job. If it turns out that the driver did not possess the proper license or the trucking company failed to provide them with the training they needed to do their job, then you could hold both the driver and the trucking company liable for damages resulting from the accident. 

If you were involved in a truck accident, contact the truck accident attorneys at Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys today to discuss your case and evaluate your legal options. Our attorneys have the knowledge and resources to thoroughly investigate the accident, gather evidence to support your case, document damages you are owed, and pursue the compensation you need to recover.

Call us at (702) 793-2752 to schedule a free consultation.

Who Needs A Commercial Driver’s License?

In Nevada, any individual who drives a commercial vehicle must have a valid CDL. Drivers must have a CDL to operate vehicles that: 

  • Have a gross weight of at least 26,001 pounds.
  • Transport at least 16 people at a time, including the driver.
  • Are used to transport hazardous materials, which requires a placard. This applies to any vehicle regardless of the weight.

What Is Required To Earn A Commercial Driver’s License?

Most commercial drivers are required to be at least 21 years of age. There are some exceptions.

  • A restricted CDL can be issued to an otherwise licensed driver between 18-21 years of age. The restriction means that the driver will not be able to transport people or hazardous materials, and the driver will only be permitted to operate vehicles within the state of Nevada.
  • For vehicles exceeding 70’ in length, the driver must be at least 25 years old.

For a person to earn a commercial driver’s license, they must do the following:

  • Read through the Nevada CDL Manual. The manual is a 164-page book filled with information related to operating a commercial motor vehicle.
  • Apply for the commercial learner’s permit. To apply for the permit, a person has to show the following:
    • A valid non-commercial driver’s license.
    • An ID card.
    • Proof of lawful residency
    • Proof of Nevada residency.
    • A list of all states where you already have had a commercial license or a personal driver’s license over the last ten years.
    • Certification for the type of driving you are expecting to do.
    • Medical examination card from a licensed medical examiner.
    • Complete an application for commercial driving privileges.
    • Pass an eye examination.

You will be required to pay a $58.25 fee to obtain your CDL, and you might need to pass a physical exam.

Finally, you’ll take the CDL skill test. This road test is similar to the road test you took to get your driver’s license, with a few differences. To take the CDL road test, you must have had your commercial learner’s permit for at least 14 days.

You can take the test with a DMV employee, make arrangements to take the test with a third-party certifier through your employer or take the test as part of a commercial driving school. During the test, you will drive a commercial motor vehicle to demonstrate your skills.

Call Us Today

If you were injured in an accident that was caused by a negligent truck driver, the attorneys at Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys can help. Our attorneys have three decades of experience handling truck accident claims and lawsuits. We have the resources to determine whether the truck driver was properly licensed and whether they had been provided with the necessary training to do their job.

Truck accidents are incredibly complex to investigate. There could be multiple at-fault parties, and negotiating a settlement with multiple insurance companies could be highly stressful, particularly if you are recovering from serious injuries. Our attorneys have what it takes to investigate the accident, identify the liable party or parties, negotiate a settlement with the insurer, or even fight your case out in court if necessary.

Reach out to Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys today to discuss your case and review your legal options. Schedule a free consultation by calling us at (702) 793-2752 today.