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If you have been in a serious accident involving a commercial driver, you need to know that there are laws out there specifically designed to protect you. Federal and state regulations place strict limits on commercial drivers, which can work in your favor in a Third Party negligence lawsuit.
Before you can look at the limits to show that a driver’s negligence caused you accident, you need to know whether they count as a commercial driver. Michigan law requires many people who drive for a living to carry a Commercial Driver Licence (CDL). That includes anyone who drives:
Drivers do not need a CDL to operate:
There is also a different certification called a chauffeur license that applies to taxi, limo, and other hired drivers of smaller vehicles, as well as school buses.
Anyone driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is subject to limits set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). That includes all CDL drivers, as well as anyone driving a passenger vehicle designed to hold at least 9 people (like a limousine). The limits include:
Drivers are required to maintain time logs indicating when they drive and when they take breaks. In a Third Party lawsuit, these logs can be used to show that the driver was over their mandatory limits and negligently operating the commercial motor vehicle.
The FMCSA also sets federal limits on alcohol and drugs for commercial drivers. Truck drivers and other CDL holders can have no more than a 0.04 blood-alcohol content. This is half the limit for non-commercial drivers in Michigan. Even then, a CDL holder cannot drive within 4 hours of using alcohol of any kind.
Commercial drivers are also subject to random drug and alcohol testing, and testing after an accident. This can include screenings for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, and PCP. If you have been injured by a commercial driver, your truck accident attorneys can subpoena these tests to show if the driver was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs when he or she hit you.
Christensen Law attorneys are experienced in using CDL limits to prove negligence. After a serious truck accident, they can help you get the compensation you need for your medical expenses and non-economic damages. Don’t wait. Contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.