Truck driver Ray I. Mollett of Rush Hill, Missouri caused an Audrain County Missouri truck accident on October 29, 2011 at 4:26pm. The Audrain County Missouri trucking accident occurred on MO-22 at Route Y, as Mollett attempted to make a left turn in a 2000 Freightliner large truck. The Freightliner travelled into the path of a 2003 Chevrolet driven by Daniel B. Browning of Mexico, Missouri.
Occupant Kimberly A. Browning of Mexico, Missouri was injured in the Audrain County Missouri truck accident. She suffered moderate injuries. An ambulance took her to the University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. No one else was injured in the accident.
Commercial drivers play a special and important role in interstate commerce. Products are developed and manufactured in a variety of locations. Truck drivers are necessary to make these products available around the country. Commercial drivers have a number of significant responsibilities as well. Commercial motor vehicles tend to be larger and heavier than typical passenger vehicles. Driving commercial motor vehicles may be more difficult than driving passenger vehicles. As a result, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the licensing of commercial motor vehicle operators.
The FMCSA’s Commercial Driver’s License Program was created in 1986 to preserve the public safety. Prior to 1986, truck drivers did not need a special license to operate a motor vehicle in many states. Anyone who had a normal driver’s license could operate a commercial motor vehicle, including tractor trailers or buses. The states that required special licensing did not necessarily test the truck driver in a representative vehicle. The federal government enacted the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 in part to address this problem.
The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act created minimum standards for commercial motor vehicle licenses. Under the act, truck drivers must have a special driver’s license to operate large trucks and tractor trailers. Truck drivers must undergo skills testing to legally operate a large commercial motor vehicle. Truck drivers must also undergo testing of their knowledge of trucking regulations and applicable laws.
The FMCSA’s Commercial Driver’s License Program ensures that licensed truck drivers are aware of the risks and responsibilities associated with operating a large commercial motor vehicle. If licensed truck drivers cause Missouri truck accidents while operating commercial motor vehicles, their behavior may be negligent or reckless.