CDL DEFENDER™ LEGAL INSURANCE

In 2018, over 5,000,000 citations were issued nationwide to commercial drivers.  Defend your company and drivers’ livelihood with U.S. Legal Service’s CDL Defender.

Be prepared to meet your legal needs with our CDL Defender legal insurance plan. We’ll be there to keep points off your driving record, reduce fines, keep CDLs from being suspended or revoked — we’ll keep you on the road, earning money for you and your family. Through our years of experience, 92 percent of drivers represented in court by U.S. Legal Services are satisfied with the results. Unlike other legal insurance plans, U.S. Legal Services pays 100 percent of all your attorney fees for representation for covered issues.

With new FMCSA rules in effect on August 23, 2014, positive courtroom dispositions such as dismissals and not-guilty verdicts on roadside inspection citations will now be reflected on a driver’s or carrier’s record. Having the CDL Defender™ on your side can help you take full advantage of this rule, helping you attain a favorable outcome that is accurately reflected on your good driving record. Our network attorneys and CDL customer service team understand FMCSA regulations and how they can affect your livelihood, and are ready to guide you through the process.

Our low-cost legal insurance plan provides coverage while you’re on the job or in your personal vehicle, and covers your spouse, too. It also provides coverage for pre-existing matters, many personal legal issues, financial coaching and identity theft. With U.S. Legal Services, we defend you and your family with lawyers who know the rules of the road. We can even assist with CSA DataQs Challenges.

A legal insurance plan is a voluntary benefit that employers offer employees to help provide affordable access to legal help and representation. From an employer's point of view, legal insurance plans - also referred to as legal benefits or prepaid legal plans - may be thought of as "managed legal care," much like many health care plans. For employees, voluntary legal benefits provide access to a spectrum of legal services in exchange for reasonable monthly payments. This type of plan protects people when they need to address legal issues and typically offers members the ability to consult with attorneys on covered issues; have legal documents prepared; and to receive legal representation. The goal of legal insurance plans is to provide members with peace of mind, knowing that, if a legal issue arises, they can access the advice and representation they need without paying the standard attorney fees.

We make legal representation for drivers and motor carrier companies affordable and accessible to all, offering the most comprehensive legal insurance plans in the industry. Drivers appreciate the ability to simply and effectively manage legal matters, using experienced local attorneys. Our company has more than 40 years of experience providing superior service to CDL professionals. Find out more information about U.S. Legal Services contact us online or call Don Lynn at (205) 568-1908 if you have questions about the advantages of our plans for both drivers and carriers.

Unlike other legal insurance plans, CDL Defender™ pays 100 percent of all attorneys' fees on covered issues, including moving and non-moving violations, for drivers and carriers. We're here to help drivers reduce fines, keep points off driving records and keep them on the road. Network attorneys and our CDL customer service team understand how FMCSA regulations affect livelihoods and we'll protect you, keeping you from being suspended or revoked. We'll also help obtain favorable outcomes when positive courtroom dispositions occur on roadside inspections, using only local attorneys to help ensure they're accurately reflected on driver/carrier records. Contact us online for more information or call Don Lynn at (205) 568-1908.

CDL Defender™ provides coverage for the most commonly needed legal services, including those related to:

  • unsafe driving
  • fatigued driving
  • driver fitness
  • controlled substances/alcohol issues
  • vehicle maintenance issues
  • cargo-related issues
  • crash indicator issues
Our plan also offers assistance with these issues and more:
  • DataQs challenges
  • consultation services
  • identity theft protection
  • coverage for spouse in both commercial and personal vehicles
  • financial coaching
  • discounted legal services for personal matters
We'll help keep points off driving records, keep CDLs from being suspended or revoked, reduce fines and handle legal issues to keep you on the road, earning money. Ninety-two percent of drivers on this legal benefits plan are satisfied with results. Contact us online or call Don Lynn at (205) 568-1908.

Your need to keep drivers on the road, but citations can lead to fines and suspensions/revocations. We provide legal benefits designed to keep drivers on the job, meeting needs of drivers and motor carriers, and we use local attorneys who know the laws where the citations occurred. Ninety-two percent of drivers represented by U.S. Legal Services in court are satisfied with results - and, unlike other legal insurance plans, the low-cost CDL Defender™ pays 100 percent of all attorneys' fees for covered issues, including these and more:

  • DataQs challenges
  • consultation services
  • identity theft protection
  • spouse coverage (commercial and personal vehicles)
  • financial coaching
  • discounted legal services for personal matters
  • and more
To get started, contact us online or call Don Lynn at (205) 568-1908.

Whether you're a driver or a motor carrier, few things are as frustrating as being unfairly cited. To some degree, that's always a possibility, so the real question is how you can increase the chances that your DataQs challenges are successful - and that's where a legal benefits plan can really help. DataQs challenges can be filed online, which makes the challenge process more convenient. But for your challenge to be successful, you'll need to clearly understand the regulations, and then specifically articulate why the citation you received was not appropriate under current regulations. Supporting documentation is crucial and the process of challenging citations can be tricky. Drivers who are covered by the CDL Defender™ from U.S. Legal Services receive assistance from specialists who are DataQs appeal experts. Plan benefits include the proper submission of the certified documentation that's required for DataQs. Contact us online or call Don Lynn at (205) 568-1908 for more information.

When you are a member of this voluntary legal benefits plan, you have access to a wide network of experienced attorneys who clearly understand FMCSA regulations. And, because laws can differ by state, we provide you with well-vetted attorneys who practice right where citations take place. Commercial truck drivers represented in court by attorneys within our network overwhelmingly express satisfaction with results (92 percent of drivers covered by CDL Defender™).


This plan pays for 100 percent of all attorneys' fees for moving and non-moving violation alike, as well as DOT violations. To find out more information about the legal insurance plan or to get started, contact us online or call Don Lynn at (205) 568-1908.

With this legal benefits plan, a full 100% of all attorneys fees are covered for:

  • Moving violations
  • Non-moving violations
  • DOT violations
Our experienced local attorneys are well-versed in FMCSA regulations and the laws in the state where citations occur, and are well-vetted by U.S Legal Services. Coverage areas include:
  • unsafe driving/fatigued driving
  • driver fitness
  • controlled substances/alcohol issues
  • vehicle maintenance and/or cargo-related issues
  • crash indicator issues
  • DataQs challenges
  • consultation services
  • identity theft protection
  • spouse coverage (commercial and personal vehicles)
  • financial coaching
  • discounted legal services for personal matters
For more info, contact us online or call Don Lynn at (205) 568-1908.

Contact us online or call Don Lynn at (205) 568-1908.

Mobile App: The U.S. Legal Mobile App provides an additional avenue for members to submit citations and view the status of their case. Members also have access to their account information, can request a consultation with an attorney, or can contact U.S. Legal directly. The App is available in both iTunes & Google Play stores.

Fleet Tracker: One of the major benefits of U.S. Legal is the detailed online reporting that is available, 24/7. Utilizing a login that is created for each user, your Safety team can pull real-time reports that provide utilization information, along with citation information that has been and is being reported by company drivers and Owner/Operators. The CDL Defender™ Web Portal provides detailed information on each intake, including but not limited to citation information, violation details, disposition data, fine amount data and DataQs. The customizable reporting options include:

Citation Reports

Daily Citation Report Displays citations for which intakes were done by U.S. Legal Services for the previous day (not available on Mondays or day after a holiday)
Weekly Citation Report Displays citations for which intakes were done by U.S. Legal Services for the previous 7 days
Date Range Displays citations for which intakes were done by U.S. Legal Services for the specified date range

Employee Look-up Reports
Employee SS# Report Displays citations for the specified last four of an employee’s SSN
Employee Name Report Displays citations for the specified employee’s last name
Citation Number Report Displays citation for the specified citation number

Analysis Reports
Excessive Citations/Violations Report Displays citations for the drivers with excessive citations or violations
DataQs Report Displays citations that were issued with Vehicle Examination Reports and DataQ eligibility/submission status
Non-Cited VER Report Displays non-cited Vehicle Examination Reports and DataQ eligibility/submission status
Disposition Analysis Report Displays all citations for which intakes were done that have reached disposition
Combined Report Displays a combination of the Disposition Analysis & DataQs Report
Fine Savings Report Displays citations for which a fine savings was obtained

Member Status Reports
Member Status Report Verify the status of a member

U.S. Legal is actively involved in the enrollment process and offers support both in person and through various forms of communication, including but not limited to, brochures/flyers, email blasts, newsletters, an online benefit portal, and in-cab messaging. U.S. Legal is also available upon request to provide webinars, lunch and learns, and other direct training methods to ensure the company’s Benefit Team is adequately trained on U.S. Legal Services plan offerings.

Once enrolled, members are sent an enrollment packet via email, if available, or USPS, consisting of:

  • Welcome letter & ID Card
  • Plan documents
  • Mobile App