Oklahoma Truck License Qualifications
In order to operate a large commercial vehicle, a driver must have a commercial drivers license (CDL). There are generally three types of CDL licenses. The types of CDL licenses vary from state to state. Driving a truck can be very dangerous, so it is important that all drivers meet all requirements before getting behind the wheel or else they run the risk of causing a serious truck wreck.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover losses from the crash. Truck accidents can become complicated as there are several parties that may be responsible for the crash, so it is important to consult with an attorney who is well-versed in complex commercial litigation.
Oklahoma CDL License Requirements
Oklahoma classifies commercial vehicles with the following criteria:
- Class A: Truck or vehicle combination weighing over 26,001 pounds that is towing a vehicle over 10,000 pounds.
- Class B: Truck or bus that weighs more than 26,001 pounds.
- Class C: Vehicles requiring a hazardous materials placard, or ones that carry over 16 people, including the driver, but weigh less than 26,001 pounds.
In order to qualify for an Oklahoma CDL, a driver must be at least 18 years old, pass a vision exam and obtain a medical certificate.
For drivers who wish to transport cargo between states, there are other requirements. The U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulates the transportation of cargo between states. USDOT requires the following:
- Must be 21 years old.
- Must pass a written knowledge exam.
- Must pass a three part driving test, including a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control skills test and an on-road driving exam with a vehicle that matches the class of CDL license the driver is trying to obtain.
Additional qualifications may be required to drive vehicles with air brakes, a tanker truck or school bus. Endorsements may be required to transport hazardous materials or to transport passengers.
In some cases, a background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may be required when transporting hazardous cargo.
Oklahoma Truck Driving Schools
A truck driving school may provide the education and on-road training necessary to pass the Oklahoma CDL requirements. The following is a directory of Oklahoma truck driving schools:
Tri County Technology Center
6101 Nowata Rd.
Central Tech Driving School
3 Court Cir.
Redlands Community College
1300 S. Country Club Rd.
Caddo Kiowa Technology Center
P.O. Box 190
Arbuckle Truck Driving School
P.O. Box 4
3501 SW Sheridan Rd.
Driver Training Inc.
1101 SE 59th St.
5501 S I-35 Service Rd.
Indian Capital Technology Center Sallisaw
HC 61 Box 12
Central Tech Driving School
1720 S. Main St.
15615 E. Pine St.
Contact an Experienced Oklahoma Truck Accident Lawyer
Any type of truck accident can be devastating to both the motorist and their family. If your or a loved one has been involved in an Oklahoma truck accident that resulted in debilitating injuries, or even death, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit in order to recover damages associated with the accident.
We urge you to consult with an experienced Oklahoma truck accident lawyer if you were involved in a crash. At The Edwards Law Firm, we have the knowledge and resources necessary to successfully litigate a truck accident injury claim. Our staff can recreate the scene of the accident in order to pinpoint the exact cause, regardless of the type of collision, in order to hold the responsible parties accountable for the injuries that resulted.
Our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our firm, there is never any cost to you unless we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim, whether by a jury verdict or through a settlement with the other parties involved and their insurance companies.
If you are unsure if you have cause to file a truck accident lawsuit, contact our firm to schedule a FREE initial consultation. During a consultation, one of our attorneys will evaluate your case and asses the merits of your claim. They will offer guidance on how to best pursue legal recourse for your injuries.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to truck accident injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.