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What Is a Truck Driver's MVR, and How Can it Help Prove Your Accident Case?

semi truck on highwayIf you were injured in a truck accident caused by the rig's driver, you need to prove his negligence in order to hold him responsible.

There are many pieces of evidence that can help prove this. Pictures of the accident scene and damaged vehicles, witness statements, and the police report are a few of the types of evidence can be useful.

Another document you'll want to obtain is the trucker’s motor vehicle record (MVR), which may also contain information that points to the driver’s fault in causing your crash.

What Information Does an MVR Contain?

An MVR is a report of a truck driver’s driving history—including his commercial driver’s license (CDL)—that's reported to Department of Motor Vehicles in the state that issued the CDL. Depending on that state’s laws, the driving history may go back approximately three to seven years. It can contain the following information:

  • Traffic violations. If a trucker has a lot of traffic citations or points on his driving record, especially for dangerous driving practices such as speeding and distracted driving, this may suggest a tendency to engage in illegal and negligent driving practices.
  • License suspensions and revocations. This information could suggest the trucker had serious driving problems, such as many citations for violating traffic laws; convictions for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol; or a failure to pay fines and other court costs.
  • Accidents. The MVR will report the driver's involvement in other accidents. You can then learn who caused the accident and if the trucker was issued a citation. This information can tell you if a trucker is an unsafe driver in general and whether he caused an accident by similar negligent driving behaviors as in your crash.
  • DUI convictions. If the trucker was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of your crash, revealing that he was convicted of DUI or DWI before can make your case even more compelling.
  • Vehicular crimes. The MVR lists any vehicular crimes, such as hit and run driving, reckless driving, or vehicular manslaughter. These can shed light on the trucker’s driving practices and may help to demonstrate fault in your case.

 

A truck driver’s motor vehicle record can do more than point to a pattern of negligent driving. For example, if some of this information was on his driving record when he was hired by the trucking company, you may have a claim of negligent hiring against his employer.

An experienced truck accident attorney can help you obtain the trucker’s MVR and will understand how it may help strengthen your case. If you were hurt in a truck accident caused by a negligent trucker, fill out our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.