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Explaining Driver Disqualification

Under the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act a state may issue commercial driver licenses (CDL) but must meet certain federal standards. Truck drivers involved in interstate, intrastate or foreign commerce must hold a CDL and trucking companies must verify that a driver has a CDL before hiring and periodically to confirm the CDL is still valid. If you have been in a trucking accident, your California truck accident attorney can obtain the driver's driving history to find out if the truck operator holds a valid CDL.

Grounds for Disqualification

Truck drivers are required to drive responsibly. Failure to do so may result in revocation or suspension of a CDL. Examples of conduct or conditions which can result in disqualification include:

  • Manufacture, sale or distribution of a controlled substance
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Conviction on driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Repeated offenses of tailgating, speeding driving recklessly or unsafe lane changes
  • Traffic violation contributing to a fatal accident
  • Driving a commercial vehicle without a valid CDL
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Inability to obtain medical certification due to vision or hearing impairment or other physical condition

A skilled driver disqualification lawyer will look into the truck driver's history for violations and any driver disqualification relevant to your claim for damages.

Trucking insurance companies fiercely oppose even the most valid claims for damages for truck accident injuries. At Matiasic & Johnson LLP we have been crafting successful claims for compensation against negligent trucking companies and truck operators for 25 years.

A truck accident lawyer at our firm has the knowledge of the inner workings of the trucking industry and a commitment to excellence which has resulted in a long record of successful outcomes for our clients. Enlist our help with your personal injury case.

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