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FMSCA training rule took effect on June 5

Starting in February 2020, truck drivers in Missouri and around the country who apply for their CDL will have to receive training from a provider on a FMCSA-approved list. The new rule took effect on June 5, and it has a compliance window of nearly three years. Drivers will need behind-the-wheel training in addition to classroom and road time.

There is no minimum number of hours that a driver will need to spend behind the wheel to get his or her CDL. Lobbyists for the trucking industry want a one implemented, and one was included in earlier versions of the rule but omitted from the final version. To get on the national registry, a trainer will need to be certified by and meet criteria set forth by the FMCSA. Carriers that provide their own training will also need to be in compliance with the new rule by February 2020.

Drivers, passengers or pedestrians who are involved in a truck accident may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash. If the driver was on company time when the accident happened, the driver's employer may also be liable. Injured victims may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other costs required to recover from the accident.

If they are not able to return to work, a driver may be liable to pay for lost wages or lost future earnings. To be compensated for their injuries, injured victims may need to show that negligence resulted a crash taking place. Negligence may occur if a driver was intoxicated, was impaired by prescription drugs or was distracted when a crash occurred. The company itself could also be held responsible if improper or lax truck maintenance was the cause.

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