What effect will a fatal crash involving a northbound bus have for drivers
in Mojave and Apple Valley?
The wreck happened in Merced County. Authorities state that the bus driver,
57-year-old Mario David Vasquez, tried to pass another vehicle which did
not yield to the bus. Mr. Vasquez lost control of the vehicle, which slammed
into a large pole and essentially
split in two. “There was lots of screaming and crying,” reported passenger
Leonardo Sanchez. “We couldn’t pull people out because there
was shattered glass everywhere,” he added. Four people were killed
and eighteen others were injured.
Mr. Vasquez’s commercial drivers’ license was suspended for
two months in 2015 because of two serious violations (speeding and reckless
driving) in 2014; Mr. Vasquez also has an unspecified adverse medical
The DMV always cites instances like this one when pressed about its strict
policies regarding medical suspensions and
Negligent Operator Treatment System points-based suspensions.
Moving violations in either California or another state add points to your
license. The DMV will try to suspend your license if you accumulate:
- Six points in twelve months,
- Eight points in twenty-four months, or
- Ten points in thirty-six months.
Commercial drivers collect points at a 50 percent faster rate than non-commercial
drivers (e.g. a two-point infraction is three points against a CDL) and
commercial drivers are normally ineligible for traffic school.
Ticket spacing is often an effective defense at NOTS hearings. For example,
if a commercial driver got a speeding ticket in January of one year and
had a clean record until January of the next year, a hearing officer may
probate part of the suspension or reduce the period, especially if there
are other extenuating circumstances.
Medical-related suspensions are often based on technical grounds, like missing or out-of-date paperwork.
An experienced attorney knows what the DMV wants to see, and can sometimes
take care of the matter without a hearing.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
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