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When is a commercial driver's license required?

Commercial trucks are an important part of Pennsylvania's economy. They help provide cheap goods throughout the state and throughout the country. Without commercial trucks, it would be more difficult for people to get the goods and services that they are used to.

Commercial trucking does not come without risks, however. Commercial trucks are large and complicated pieces of machinery. They can be difficult to operate safely on the roadways. It often requires great skill and knowledge to safely and effectively operate semi-trucks and other large commercial trucks. It is, therefore, important that truck drivers have the skills necessary to keep themselves and others on the roadways safe.

One way that this is done is by requiring commercial truck drivers to have a special commercial driver's license. This license helps to ensure that drivers have the experience they need to safely operate these vehicles. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a commercial driver's license must be obtained through the person's home state.

In addition to the license, individuals may need special endorsements in specific cases. Under FMCSA regulations, these endorsements are required when a person is operating a passenger vehicle, a truck that carries hazardous material, a tanker truck or trucks with double or triple trailers.

These special drivers' licenses cannot ensure that a truck accident will not occur. When truck accidents do occur, they can cause serious damage to people on the roadways. In these cases, people should understand their legal rights. That was injured in a truck accident may be entitled to compensation from a negligent driver or negligent truck company. An attorney can give specific legal advice when people are injured in a truck accident.

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