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Were you in an accident with a disqualified truck driver?

Getting in an accident with any vehicle in California is scary, but a collision with a large truck can be even more intense and result in serious injuries. One thing that can make this situation worse is if you find that the driver of the truck was actually disqualified to drive in the first place. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration details things that can lead to a truck driver’s disqualification.


One of the first things that can lead to a disqualified license is operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.04 percent. Drivers can be issued a ticket for driving while intoxicated whether they are on or off duty, as long as they are driving a CMV.


CDL drivers who are operating under a farm waiver are held to the same rules for disqualification as all other drivers. Drivers can also be disqualified if they commit three serious traffic violations within a three-year period. This applies even if the driver was reinstated after the first two offenses but then committed a third within the allotted time.


Last, if the truck driver leaves the scene of the accident, he or she will be disqualified. The laws state that there are no situations when a CMV operator that has been in a crash is allowed to leave without rendering aid or giving information to the other drivers involved. If you were in a collision with a truck driver who left the scene without stopping, take down the license and vehicle number to give to law enforcement officers. This information is meant to educate and should not be considered legal advice.


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