Can A Bad Knee Disqualify You From Becoming A Professional Truck Driver

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David C.'s Comment
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I am 55 and have been in public safety for 38 years. In 2000 I injured my knee on an incident and had to have knee surgery.While I was layed up I decided that when I recovered I was going to learn another profession. I recovered and went back to work without any complications. I also enrolled in a CDL drivers course at the local college and received my class A license. Since then I have been driving truck on my off days very consistently. All local jobs, some AG, but mostly pulling bottom dumps and hauling fuel. Currently I am a tanker yanker hauling fuel. Any way, I had planned to retire from public service and try to get hired with an OTR company at some point. Recently I have been having issues with that bum knee and went to my doctor. He stated that I could possibly be in need of a knee replacement. I would get a second opinion of course . But if this were to happen would it disqualify me or hamper me from becoming an OTR driver. That is if my recovery from the procedure is complete and without complication.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I don't think a knee replacement can disqualify you but from what I've read on other threads regarding medical questions, companies will require a certain amount of recovery time after your doctor had declared you fit for duty.

Good luck and welcome to the coolest trucking website on the net.

Scott O.'s Comment
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As long as you can pass the dot physical and company agility test you should be OK... Now I'm not sure how your knee will feel after 11 hours of driving and if your in bumper to bumper traffic during that 11 hour Drive I'm sure it will be sore but IMHO I think your knee will get use to it after a period of time doing it day in and day out.... Just my two cents

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Jennifer C.'s Comment
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Hi,

I am new here and will be hopefully going to trucking school soon. Seeing these has me wondering, my knee was damaged in a car accident 10 years ago so I have limited motion. I do everything I used to, infact am currently a package/loader handler at UPS. Still I have that limp. Will this be an issue?

I don't think a knee replacement can disqualify you but from what I've read on other threads regarding medical questions, companies will require a certain amount of recovery time after your doctor had declared you fit for duty.

Good luck and welcome to the coolest trucking website on the net.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I was in a motorcycle accident almost 10 years ago. Had a knee replacement done in 2015. Drove refrigerated for Swift until December. I'm getting ready to drive for another company soon as the background checks come back. Should hear any day. So you can do it. I used to drive 10-11 hours a day. As.long as you can pass the DOT and company physical as was mentioned earlier in this thread you should do fine. Good luck

Raptor

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Auggie69's Comment
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Hi,

I am new here and will be hopefully going to trucking school soon. Seeing these has me wondering, my knee was damaged in a car accident 10 years ago so I have limited motion. I do everything I used to, infact am currently a package/loader handler at UPS. Still I have that limp. Will this be an issue?

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I don't think a knee replacement can disqualify you but from what I've read on other threads regarding medical questions, companies will require a certain amount of recovery time after your doctor had declared you fit for duty.

Good luck and welcome to the coolest trucking website on the net.

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Jennifer, UPS is hiring package car drivers off the street. Are you not interested in staying with the company and keeping your seniority by doing that?

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