There are thousands of trucking companies that operate in the United States, with tens of thousands of large trucks driving on the nation’s roads. Because of the sheer size of these vehicles, drivers of large trucks are held to a much higher standard of conduct than normal drivers. Rules for semi-truck drivers are made with safety in mind because semi-truck accidents tend to result in severe situations for those involved. Because of this, truck drivers who are found to have violated any of the rules or regulations face serious consequences, which can affect their and their families’ livelihoods.
Commercial driver’s license (CDL) violations can come in many different forms. Violations can encompass just about anything, from actions the driver did or did not take to issues with the vehicle they drive. Unfortunately, violations are not always the fault of the driver. Sometimes trucking companies can be responsible for CDL violations such as hours of service violations or overweight cargo tickets. Examples of CDL violations can include:
The consequences of a CDL violation can vary depending on the exact violation. Some violations can carry temporary suspension periods, while other violations could result in a disqualification, which can last for several months or even years. Serious CDL violations include those such as DUI, excessive speeding, leaving the scene of an accident or using the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) to commit a felony. Serious CDL violations result in automatic CDL disqualification, which can affect your career.
Even though it may not seem fair, violations that are committed when in your own personal vehicle can also affect your CDL. One of the most common examples of this is DUI. If you are convicted of DUI, you will probably face a CDL suspension, even if you did not commit the DUI in your CMV.
While some people may think that having a violation on your driving record is no big deal, for those who hold a CDL, it can mean serious consequences. At Myers Law LLC, we know how quickly a simple traffic violation could result in disciplinary actions such as a CDL suspension. If you are facing disciplinary action for a traffic violation, do not hesitate -- contact our skilled Oak Brook, IL CDL driver’s license defense attorney today. We offer free consultations by phone; call us at 844-9-THE-LAW to speak with us.