Can You Lose Your CDL After a Semi-Truck Accident?

This video features Christy Childers, a Personal Injury attorney based in Georgia.

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Video Transcript:

Molly Hendrickson: 

Can you lose your CDL after a car or truck accident?

Christy Childers: 

You can lose your CDL after a car or truck accident, and it can be under both Georgia law, or it can be under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. And actually for you guys, I have found a handy dandy table that is in FMCSR's, under Section 383.51, Table One and Table Two, just to give you some examples, if you are operating a commercial or vehicle under the influence of alcohol, you could lose your license for a year, three years or life, depending on how many times you have engaged in that. Unlike drivers of cars, you can have your CDL... You can be disqualified from having your CDL for a number of days for things like going 15 miles over the speed limit. So for example, Table Two, Speeding excessively involving any speed of 24.1... Oh, wait, let's do this in miles per hour, 15 miles per hour or more, for a second conviction of that, within three years, you can lose your CDL for 60 days, and then it's a whole chart here, and those are also found in Section 391.15 as well. So if you're involved in a wreck with a tractor trailer, or if you are a tractor-trailer driver, you might wanna check out these regs to find out how careful you need to be and not in violating these in the future.

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