When a person earns a commercial driver’s license (CDL), they are granted the privilege to operate large commercial vehicles on a consistent basis. Commercial driver’s licenses are not handed out without a strict regulatory process, considering the increased likelihood of potential collisions. That being said, it should come as no surprise that losing a CDL can be much easier than most people would like to assume. Below we will examine some of the most common CDL violations and how you should react if you believe you may be in danger of losing your CDL.
Common CDL Violations
When a person is cited for violating the regulations of their CDL, the coming weeks can be quite frightening. For commercial truck drivers, a CDL is critical to a healthy financial future. If you have been cited for violating your CDL privileges, it is time to seek out the assistance of a skilled legal professional.
Failure to Properly Check Equipment: In a large percentage of CDL violation cases, the violation is simply caused by a driver’s inability to double-check the truck and ensure it is running properly. For instance, 24% of all annual roadside CDL violations involved issues with lights or reflective equipment. If a driver simply checks the lights of the vehicle and reports a lighting defect in the inspection report, prior to driving, they will likely avoid a violation.
Driver Error Violations: Some CDL violations are simply known as ‘red flag’ driver violations. These violations are given when a driver is displaying reckless or negligent behavior that could soon lead to a serious collision. Examples of behaviors that could constitute a violation of this nature include fatigued driving, speeding, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These types of offenses could lead to an immediate CDL suspension or revocation, and should not be taken lightly.
Company Error: In some cases, a CDL violation can be the direct fault of the trucking company. Unfortunately, many truck drivers will face the legal ramifications of the CDL alone, even if the company was at fault. For instance, if a company encourages a driver to falsify their driving logs so that the driver can drive for longer consecutive periods, the driver will likely be cited. If a company overloads a truck so that they can deliver a larger haul, the driver will likely receive an overweight truck citation. In these instances, large trucking companies will rarely concede fault and you need aggressive representation.
Contact a Will County CDL Violations Lawyer
Recognizing the way in which the loss of a CDL can impact a commercial truck driver’s life, Attorney Patricia Magaña is dedicated to fighting for the rights of her clients. Facing a CDL violation charge on your own can be incredibly frightening. With the help of one of Illinois’ most experienced criminal defense attorneys, you can take comfort in knowing you will be justly represented. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a skilled Naperville criminal defense attorney, call us today at 630-448-2001.