Legal Forethought

| April 07, 2005

2.Driving safely is your best protection against tickets and violations. In many cases you cannot protect yourself adequately without competent legal representation. If you need a lawyer you need one who knows your business – trucking. Do your research beforehand.

3.Know the terms of your employment or lease/contract. An employer may not be required to help you in some cases. Know the situation before you drive so you won’t be surprised.

4.When choosing a lawyer, ask how long he has been practicing in that jurisdiction and how many cases like yours (ask for details) he has successfully defended there.

5.Don’t try to defend yourself. There may be exceptions to this rule, but there aren’t many.

6.Always carry your CDL. It is now a serious violation to drive without it .

7.Do not accept loads for which you do not have the proper endorsement. Doing so now also constitutes a serious violation.

8.Keep your log current. Being involved in an accident while out of hours will make matters much worse.

9.Remember the eight violations considered serious, especially erratic lane change, 15 miles per hour over the speed limit and following too closely. They are common driving behaviors that can get you in serious trouble.

10.Be aware that some states are less truck-friendly than others. For example, doing 70 mph in a 55-mph zone in California is a criminal offense. Familiarize yourself with the traffic laws in the states you’ll be traveling.

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