Driver Legal Plans: This One Looks Good To Me...

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Marc Lee's Comment
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No axe to grind. Not pushing anything. Just providing information...

(Couldn't find chain which discussed this earlier. Learned of this through Onboarding process with J.B. Hunt).

https://driverslegalplan.com/Default.aspx

Below is their pitch. What I recall is $2.98 / week, $100 flat fee for a CMV-savy attorney to handle any ticket, $250 for a minor accident, including DATAQ Challenge.

I intend to join.

Their pitch:

In the current CSA environment, you, as a commercial driver MUST contest all moving, non-moving, and DOT violations. Accrued points will severely curtail your employability. Let the nation's most experienced CDL Defense Law Firm protect your earning power.

The Driver Benefits of this Plan Include: Most affordable plan on the market today Deal direct with America's most experienced CDL Defense Law Firm Over 350,000 cases defended Covered 24/7, in any vehicle you drive Not a referral/insurance agency, that might use a lawyer unfamiliar with CDL issues No limit on attorney hours – start-to-finish Members pay only $100 for any moving, non-moving, or DOT violation ($250 for simple accident) Other legal matters covered at 1/3 normal agreed-in-advance legal fees FREE DATAQ CHALLENGE included with plan.

For commercial drivers, CDL Traffic Violations can negatively impact your good driving record and may mean the difference between a good paying job and unemployment. Any points on your driving record can affect your CSA score and, in some cases, lead to a CDL Suspension. If you’ve been a commercial driver for any length of time, you’re aware that your responsibilities on the road are greater than those enforced on the driver of the average passenger vehicle – and, therefore, the penalties for traffic violations are larger.

Although penalties vary from state to state, the following information will give you a general understanding of the most common traffic violations among truck drivers and how they can affect your record and CSA score. If you are not currently a licensed commercial driver and are interested in becoming one, you can find the general CDL Requirements here.

Truck Accident Attorneys & Lawyers For Truckers Who Know The Trucking Industry Call Drivers Legal Plan® for any truck accident! We are the most experienced team of lawyers that truckers can depend on to protect their CDL.

What Can Happen Without Drivers Legal Plan®? Serious CDL Violations Include: Speeding 15 MPH or Over Reckless Driving Improper Lane Change Following Too Closely Any Accident Involving a Fatality Railroad Crossing No CDL in Possession Texting OR Using a hand held mobile telephone while operating a CMV

All Personal Vehicle Convictions Count Against CDL

In a 3 Year Period: 2 Convictions = 60 Day Suspension 3rd Conviction = 120 Day Suspension 6 Months Total Suspension - $$$$$$ CALL 1-800-580-8789

Attorney for Truckers Q: Does A Professional Truck Driver Really Need A Legal Plan?

A: Absolutely yes, more than any group of citizens in the country today. Only CDL drivers lose their ability to make a living over a couple of traffic tickets. Truck drivers are targeted by enforcement agencies and held to a completely different standard than other drivers. Now that all POV violations count against a driver's MVR , the accessible services of an experienced transportation attorney are an absolute must for a career driver.

Solution:

Drivers Legal Plan® was designed by truckers in 1991 to make the highest quality legal representation affordable to the common driver. It is a true National Law Firm, completely dedicated to CDL defense, whose incredible experience and success actually put the odds back in the driver's favor.

The Cost Is So Small; The Protection Is So Vital:

If a driver needs legal representation to help save his job and protect his ability to make a living, he can now afford the best. This program is available to drivers on a credit card or bank draft basis for only $13.50 per month. The driver may also choose to enroll in the Plan for 6 months or one year by pre-paying $80 or $150, respectively. Team drivers require separate plans. That is only 41 cents a day to protect your driving career.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Huge waste of money

Marc Lee's Comment
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Huge waste of money

Really, why?

CK's Comment
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I'm interested in hearing from people who have this protection and have used it, and from people who say it isn't worth it. When I had my CCW and went through training, we were strongly encouraged to sign up for the USCCA, which seems to offer similar benefits for concealed carry permit holders in the event of a self defense or firearms related incident as does this drivers legal plan in the event of a citation, lawsuit, accident or action against a driver's CDL.

It seems to me that this wouldn't be a "huge waste of money" in that it's similar to liability insurance, but its insurance that protects your CDL instead of just your financial liability in an accident. Maybe more like a health insurance for your CDL...?

Anyway, this seems interesting and I too would like to hear what ya'll have to say about it.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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If you're driving smart and safe, doing the things you're supposed to be doing, you'll never need it. The company you work for spends insane amounts of money every year to do exactly what some snake oil sales person is trying to get you to spend your hard earned money on. If you get a chance to go into a truck stop, you'll see these same folks set up with a small podium trying to sign you up while you're there. Most drivers are male, so the sales people are almost always a very attractive female showing a little leg and some cleavage, just to reel you in and then the sales pitch begins.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

andhe78's Comment
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If you're driving smart and safe, doing the things you're supposed to be doing, you'll never need it. The company you work for spends insane amounts of money every year to do exactly what some snake oil sales person is trying to get you to spend your hard earned money on.

I disagree with this. While perfection is the goal, I’m not a perfect creature and I got a ticket. Everyone says to fight it, but the violation happened on the other side of the country which means time off work and travel arrangements. However, I signed up for the same plan originally posted in this thread. Sent them all the info and they took care of everything. Case was dismissed and my record is still spotless. Worth it for me.

Also, my company doesn’t have lawyers that will fight my ticket.

Marc Lee's Comment
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If you're driving smart and safe, doing the things you're supposed to be doing, you'll never need it. The company you work for spends insane amounts of money every year to do exactly what some snake oil sales person is trying to get you to spend your hard earned money on.

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I disagree with this. While perfection is the goal, I’m not a perfect creature and I got a ticket. Everyone says to fight it, but the violation happened on the other side of the country which means time off work and travel arrangements. However, I signed up for the same plan originally posted in this thread. Sent them all the info and they took care of everything. Case was dismissed and my record is still spotless. Worth it for me.

Also, my company doesn’t have lawyers that will fight my ticket.

andhe78, thanks.

So for less than $3/week and $100 the cross-country ticket went away?

Sounds like cheap insurance to me!

Biggest downside I can see is missing the presentation which includes s little leg and cleavage.

Oops. Did I type that out loud?

andhe78's Comment
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So for less than $3/week and $100 the cross-country ticket went away?

For me, literally yes. Called their number the day after the ticket, emailed them all the info. They had records of every time they had fought that infraction in that particular court and what the odds were of getting it pled down. I called them every week for an update on where we were with the case. After the court date, they sent the results to me that I then emailed to my company proving the dismissal.

Had to do a dataQ to get it off my psp, but pulled my psp, and dmv abstract a couple weeks ago, and both are perfect.

I’m very happy with the results, but I was also a perfect scenario too. Every outcome is surely not as peachy.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Marc Lee's Comment
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So for less than $3/week and $100 the cross-country ticket went away?

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Had to do a dataQ to get it off my psp, but pulled my psp, and dmv abstract a couple weeks ago, and both are perfect.

I’m very happy with the results, but I was also a perfect scenario too. Every outcome is surely not as peachy.

You had to do the DataQ? They advertise that as part of their deal.

"Perfect scenario"? You mean the result or what? Was there a long history with such violations in that venue? Sometimes Judges know this too! Perhaps that helped?

FYI, $2.98 / week is a J.B. Hunt thing. Can be a bit more or less depending on how one pays it. I figure if I sign up on day one I will never miss the $2.98!

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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