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Can I lose my Connecticut CDL if I am in a truck accident?

As a Connecticut driver with a commercial driver's license or CDL, you already know that you are held to a different standard from other drivers. You must take greater precautions with safety, maintain a cleaner driving record, and know the hazards of your commercial vehicle inside and out. But are standards so strict that a single truck accident could revoke your license? What happens if you are in a collision?

According to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, it depends on the nature of the accident. Being involved in an accident can cause a moving violation to appear on your driving record, but may not be cause for immediate suspension or revocation of your license, particularly if the accident was not your fault. However, regardless of fault in the accident, if you leave the scene of the accident without reporting it, you are committing a hit and run and this may immediately result in disqualification and revocation of your CDL.

Another instance in which you are disqualified to possess a CDL after an accident is if the accident resulted in a fatality and you were at fault for driving under the influence. If you are in a truck accident that involves a fatality, you will be required to undertake testing for blood alcohol content and drug use. If you are found to have been under the influence, you may likely lose your commercial license.

This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for legal counsel.

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