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Commercial drivers: Reasons why they should be obeying the law

Commercial drivers have an obligation to be safe on the roads. Truck drivers can lose their licenses for 60 days if they receive two traffic convictions within three years. If more traffic convictions take place, then the driver's license can be lost for even longer or revoked completely.

It's important for trucking companies to perform good background checks and to provide solid training. The company needs to talk to all incoming employees about the driver's past history of traffic violations. This can impact the person's compensation or ability to be hired.

When commercial drivers are behind the wheel, what they do matters. They don't want to get into an accident, get caught speeding or drive drunk because receiving a ticket or having a charge filed against them can lead to the loss of the CDL license. Losing a license means losing a job, in many cases.

Despite all these reasons to stay safe, many drivers don't. They drive too many hours, violating federal trucking guidelines, or don't get enough rest. They speed to get the job done faster, or they have poor training and lose control of the vehicle. Sometimes drivers get behind the wheel drunk, and others might do so when they're too tired, making it easy to fall asleep behind the wheel.

Even distractions can be a common part of a driver's day, with phone calls, companion animals and other things taking their eyes and minds off the road. No driver should have to be involved in an accident because of these behaviors. If you are, you deserve a chance to seek the compensation you need.

Source: FindLaw, "Professional Drivers Commercial Driver's License," accessed Feb. 17, 2017

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