This is a topic RARELY addressed in the trucking industry. Trucking companies do not want their drivers to know these risks.
When a CDL driver is involved in an accident, there is the possibility that they could be sued or criminally charged, especially in this age of ‘distracted driving’.
Many professional truck drivers aren’t aware of the fact they could be personally liable, should they be found at fault in a particular accident. Many professional drivers believe, no matter what, the trucking company they work for, will defend them against any and all charges while driving a truck.
This simply is not true. Are you willing to bet your life on the fact, that for some reason, they could leave you on your own to defend yourself? It can and does happen.
Source: Smart Trucking, November 27, 2017