Texas state road safety guidelines outline requirements for motorists who operate particular types of vehicles. For instance, people who conduct commerce in or through Texas can be required to obtain a commercial driver license under a number of circumstances. In the event that you or a loved one were injured in a commercial vehicle accident, it may be necessary to determine whether the other driver was properly licensed in the first place.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, people who operate vehicles like school buses are required to have the appropriate endorsement and commercial driver license. Beyond that, the type of commercial driver license that a person has should match the type of commerce that he or she conducts. For example, a person who transports commerce within state lines should have an intrastate-specific license. Anyone who crosses state or international borders transporting commerce is required to have an interstate license.
If the liable party in your commercial vehicle accident was operating a vehicle weighing at least 26,001 pounds, he or she should have a commercial driver license. He or she is also required to have a commercial license if he or she was transporting at least 15 passengers at the time of the collision. However, the other motorist in your collision may not be held liable for driving without a commercial license if he or she is a farmer and was transporting agricultural products within 150 miles of his or her property.
There are several other circumstances under which people can be exempt from or are required to have a commercial driver license in Texas. As a result, this information cannot serve as legal counsel.