Q: Does a professional truck driver really need a legal plan?
A: Absolutely yes, more than any group of citizens in the country today. Only CDL drivers lose their ability to make a living over a couple of CDL tickets. Truck drivers are targeted by enforcement agencies and held to a completely different standard than other drivers. Now that all POV violations count against a driver's MVR, the accessible services of an experienced transportation attorney are an absolute must for a career driver.
Drivers Legal Plan® was designed by truckers in 1991 to make the highest quality legal representation affordable to the common driver. It is a true National Law Firm, completely dedicated to CDL defense, whose incredible experience and success actually put the odds back in the driver's favor.
The Cost is so Small; The Protection is so Vital:
If a driver needs legal representation to help save his job and protect his ability to make a living, he can now afford the best.
This program is available to drivers on a credit card or bank draft basis for only $13.50 per month. The driver may also choose to enroll in the Plan for 6 months or one year by pre-paying $80 or $150, respectively. Team drivers require separate plans. That is only 43 cents a day to protect your driving career.
Can truck drivers be sued for causing an accident?
Yes, truck drivers can be held legally responsible and sued if they are found to be at fault for causing an accident. Liability might stem from negligent behaviors, such as distracted driving, fatigue, driving under the influence, or violations of safety regulations. Additionally, it's not uncommon for the trucking company employing the driver or the owner of the truck to be named in the lawsuit, especially if poor maintenance, inadequate training, or pressure to violate hours-of-service regulations contributed to the accident.
Does OSHA have jurisdiction over truck drivers?
While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for ensuring safe and healthful working conditions, its jurisdiction over truck drivers is limited. The primary regulatory body for the trucking industry in the U.S. is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which oversees safety regulations and standards for commercial motor vehicles. However, OSHA might have jurisdiction in situations related to the general working conditions of truck drivers, such as exposure to hazardous materials or safety issues at a loading dock.
Why are CDL rules so strict?
CDL rules are stringent because of the inherent risks associated with operating large and potentially hazardous vehicles on public roads. Commercial vehicles, like semi-trucks, can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and have the potential to cause significant damage and loss of life in the event of an accident. Strict regulations help ensure that CDL holders possess the necessary skills, knowledge, and professionalism to operate these vehicles safely. Furthermore, the rules aim to protect not only the drivers themselves but also other road users, pedestrians, and the surrounding environment.