Disqualification of Commercial Truck Drivers
What Causes Truck Drivers to Lose Their Licenses?
According to the U.S. DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration § 391.15, any driver who is disqualified must not drive a commercial motor vehicle. Additionally, no employer may allow a disqualified driver to operate a vehicle.
There are many different ways a driver can become disqualified from operating a commercial truck:
- A driver is disqualified during the length of a license suspension or revocation. The disqualification may be lifted once the authority that revoked or suspended the license restores driving privileges.
- Any driver who is convicted of a disqualifying offense—such as driving under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, an amphetamine, a narcotic drug, or a derivative of a narcotic drug—will be considered disqualified.
- A driver found to be transporting illegal substances or using illegal substances while on duty will be disqualified.
- A driver who leaves the scene of an accident while in operation of a commercial truck will be disqualified.
- Any driver who commits a felony involving the use of a commercial truck will be disqualified.
A person's duration of disqualification all depends upon the number of previous offenses they have accumulated both during a disqualified period and at a time with a valid commercial driver's license. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a truck accident that was caused by a disqualified driver, you need to immediately speak with us.
Seeking Compensation in Disqualified Driver Cases
When a disqualified driver is behind the wheel of a commercial motor vehicle, it generally means two things:
- The driver lied to their employer and told them that their driver's license is valid; or
- The employer overlooked the disqualification and allowed the truck driver to continue on.
In both cases, this type of accident can be attributed to truck driver negligence and employer negligence. You will need the help of a truck accident attorney at our firm to help prove that the employer's negligent actions led to your injuries or your loved one's death. After suffering injuries in this type of accident, there will be compensation available for you if you can prove that the truck driver's or employer's negligence was the direct cause of your injuries. It is important to retain legal services at a law firm with the experience and legal know-how to get your case moving along quickly.
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