Commercial Truck Drivers Provide To Us the Goods and Services Which Are The Lifeblood of Our Country!
Truck Driver From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truck_driver A truck driver (commonly referred to as a trucker or driver in the United States and Canada;… is a person who earns a living as the driver of a truck, usually a semi truck, box truck, or dump truck. Truck drivers provide an essential service to industrialized societies by transporting finished goods and raw materials over land, typically to and from manufacturing plants, retail and distribution centers. Truck drivers are also responsible for inspecting their vehicles for mechanical items or issues relating to safe operation. Others, such as driver/sales workers, are also responsible for sales and customer service.
A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is a driver’s license required in the United States to operate any type of vehicle which has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 lb (11,793 kg) or more for commercial use, or transports quantities of hazardous materials that require warning placards under Department of Transportation regulations, or that is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver. This includes (but is not limited to) tow trucks, tractor trailers, and buses. The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 was signed into law on October 27, 1986. The primary intent of the Act was to improve highway safety by ensuring that truck drivers and drivers of tractor trailers and buses are qualified to drive Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs), and to remove drivers that are unsafe and unqualified from the highways. The Act continued to give states the right to issue CDLs, but the federal government established minimum requirements that must be met when issuing a CDL. ——————————————————————————————————— U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Commercial Driver’s License Program (CDL/CDLIS) http://http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/cdl/cdl.htm ——————————————————————————-
2008 Large Truck Crash Overview
- Only 2% of the drivers of large trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2008 were legally intoxicated (blood alcohol content of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher), as compared with 23% of passenger vehicle drivers in fatal crashes. Only 3% of the drivers of large trucks involved in fatal crashes had any alcohol in their bloodstream
- Eighty-one percent of the drivers of large trucks involved in fatal crashes were reported by police as wearing their safety belts, compared with 62% of passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes.
- In fatal crashes involving large trucks, driver-related factors were recorded for 37% of the large truck drivers. In comparison, driver-related factors were recorded for 68% of passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes.
- The top two driver-related factors for large trucks and passenger vehicles in fatal crashes were the same: failure to keep in proper lane (11% for trucks, 26% for passenger vehicles) and driving too fast (8% and 23%, respectively). The third most common were inattention for truck drivers (6%) and under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication for passenger vehicle drivers (16%).
Why Legal Plans For Commercial Truck Drivers? Due to the fact that commercial truck drivers are on the highway throughout their working day, they are subject to many times more risks than the average citizen. These risks can be described at a minimum as traffic accident risks, personal injury risks, property damage risks, tragic accident risks, legal liability risks, risks of life, loss of employment risks, loss of assets in the form of home and investment risks, family risks, and your freedom from incarceration plus others. These risks are substantial and represent essentially your total welfare as a commercial truck driver. How do drivers reduce and minimize these risks? Many answers are important… good health habits, good driving habits, adequate rest, following sound safety and driving rules, plus a very important asset that not enough drivers and companies pay attention to…and that is the 24/7 available services of an affordable, experienced, competent transportation attorney available to you everywhere that you drive.. How easy is it for a driver to show up in court some 2000 miles away from home? Not very! But a local experienced attorney that knows the local judges and law officers can be extremely valuable. In some cases the driver’s company may provide an attorney to represent their drivers, however in many cases the driver is responsible for his own actions, whether trivial or traumatic. The services of an attorneys throughout the country, experienced in the commercial trucking industry is an extremely important asset to a truck driver and to their companies.
These plans are available for the individual, family, and discounted for groups of five or more members within a company. This article is to emphasize the importance to drivers and to commercial driving companies of having affordable legal services in the form of proven legal plans for each driver. By offering drivers the opportunity to obtain good legal plans that protect them on the road, it makes the driving profession more attractive and less risky. Driver shortage is caused in some part by the amount of risks that a driver assumes by following a driving profession. Reducing risk can have a positive impact on driver satisfaction. Companies concerned about driver safety and welfare are equally concerned about protecting drivers from getting caught up in a legal maze and a web of government regulations. This article will provide you with a link to obtain full description, costs and how to obtain memberships today with a leading company that has provided affordable legal plans for 40 years, LegalShield. ————————————————————————————————————————- There have been many good articles written in this industry regarding legal plans and here are some for your information: ——————————————————————————————————— Transport Topics- Editorial Rule Changes Ahead For SafeStat Audits
Reprinted From The Trucker- Attorneys Can Save Drivers from getting lost in tangled legal maze http://www.cdlp.biz/uploads/The_Trucker.pdf ——————————————————————————————— ———- Trucker News Reprint Legal Options http://www.cdlp.biz/uploads/Trucker_News.pdf ——————————————————————————————————— CSA/Data Q Challenges And in case your would like to know of a company that has expertise in CSA/Data Q Challenges http://www.cdlp.biz/uploads/CSA_Challenges.pdf _______________________________________________________________________________
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