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CDL Truck Driver Licenses In Connecticut

CDL Truck Driver Licenses In Connecticut

To drive a large truck, a driver must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). There are three different types of CDL licenses, which vary from state to state. Due to the hazards and risks involved in operating a large commercial vehicle, it is critical that all truck drivers meet state and federal requirements.

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a Connecticut truck accident, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for losses from the crash. We encourage you to contact our lawyers today. Our team of legal professionals has the skills and resources necessary to investigate your accident claim and determine if the truck driver was properly licensed to operate his or her vehicle.

To begin exploring your legal options, contact our truck accident lawyers today by completing the Free Case Review form to the right.

Connecticut CDL License Requirements

In Connecticut, a CDL is required to operate the following types of trucks :

  • Class A: Combination vehicles that have a gross combined weight of more than 26,001 pounds, if the vehicle(s) towed are more than 10,000 pounds.
  • Class B: A single vehicle that weighs over 26,001 pounds.
  • Class C: Vehicles able to transport 16 or more people, including the driver, or vehicles that carry hazardous materials.

To qualify for a CDL in the state of Connecticut, a driver is required to be at least 18 years of age, pass a vision exam and obtain a medical certificate.

There are additional requirements that must be met if a driver wishes to transport cargo between states. The regulation of interstate cargo transportation is the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). According to USDOT, the following requirements must be met by interstate truck drivers:

  • 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 attempting to obtain.

For more information on the Connecticut CDL requirements, visit Connecticut’s’ Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Connecticut Truck Driving Schools

Truck driving schools often provide the education and on-road training necessary to pass the CDL driving exam. The following is a directory of truck driving schools available in the state of Connecticut:

BridgeportEast Coast Tractor Trailer School1370 Pembroke St.
Bridgeport, CT 6608
ColchesterAffordable CDL Training School504 New London Rd.
Colchester, CT 6415
CromwellITEC10 Alcap Rdg.
Cromwell, CT 16416
East WindsorLincoln Technical Institute97 Newberry Rd.
East Windsor, CT 6088
South SheltonAllstate Commercial Driver Training School11 Constitution Blvd.
South Shelton, CT 6484
StratfordEast Coast Tractor Trailer School1791 Stratford Ave.
Stratford, CT 6809
WaterfordA.B. Training Center LLC35 Great Neck Rd.
Waterford, CT 6385

Contact an Experienced Connecticut Truck Accident Lawyer Today

It is important to consult with an attorney who is well-versed in Connecticut CDL regulations after being involved in a truck accident in New Haven, Bridgeport or Hartford. In addition to these regulations, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when pursuing compensation for any damages incurred in the wreck.

At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we understand the complexities involved in a commercial vehicle accident claim. We encourage you to contact our firm today to schedule a free, initial case evaluation with a member of our team of legal professionals. We can assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal and financial recourse for your losses.

To make sure that all our clients are able to afford proper representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we are able to successfully obtain a favorable outcome for your claim, whether this is through a jury verdict or settlement. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.

For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Connecticut truck accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our lawyers, contact us today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.


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