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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-25-2019, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Bigmike17 View Post
The truck is a Ram 2500 Diesel which can tow up to 17,500 lbs and it appears the trailer was empty. Either way it would appear that this was a tragic accident that was likely caused by a drowsy/drugged or distracted driver. Based on this guys history of drunk driving there is no way he should have had a commercial DL.
Yeah, I didn't see it was a Dodge 2500. So you are right that they are generally rated for that kind of towing and it was a 5th wheel type rig which normally would not fishtail.
As to the CDL, usually it's not required for this type of vehicle but the fact the driver worked for a commercial trucking company you would think they would have known his driving record in order to employ him in a driving type job. My company has let go of people who drive our vehicles for DWI's that happened on their own time.

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 01:53 PM
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Most States require a CDL when the GCWR of the truck and trailer exceed a certain limit or certain number of passengers, here in Texas it is 26,000lbs, but others states vary.

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These types of truck and trailer combo's are referred to as "HotShots" and ANYTIME you are operating a motor vehicle for any company hauling passengers or cargo for pay (IE commerce) , you are mandated to have a Commercial Drivers License. Yes Ubers, lyft, etc get away with not having BUT they should have AND if it were up to me EVERY SINGLE INDIVIDUAL in this country would have to pass the CDL test to get a drivers license. It would reduce the number of idiots on the road. Here is a nice enlightening article on Uber and Lyft. Might make some think twice before using these forms of transportation.
Not to say there are not idiot truck drivers, but far fewer of them are idiots compared to the average cage driving morons. I have had a CDL for 26 years. Even longer than I have had a cycle endorsement (yes, I rode since I was 8 without. Got one after a discussion I had with a local police officer some 20 years or so ago. )

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