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CDLs and DUIs

All truck drivers are required by federal law to have a commercial driver’s license, or CDL.  In order to receive a CDL, truck drivers must go through an additional training course mandated and developed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  Once a truck driver has a CDL, he is held to a higher standard of safety than drivers of passenger vehicles with regular consumer driver’s licenses.   This is because negligent, careless, and reckless driving of large semi-trucks and tractor trailers on the highways can cause significantly more serious damage and injury than a smaller car.  If you have been injured because of a truck driver’s negligence or because he has violated CDL traffic laws, you should call a Peachtree City trucking attorney as soon as possible.

One type of safety laws that is stricter for drivers with CDLs involve driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs.  Driving under the influence of controlled substances is illegal for any driver, however the offense can carry greater penalties for truck drivers with CDLs.   For the general driving population, the legal limit for alcohol intoxication is a blood alcohol level of .08%.  However, an acceptable blood alcohol level for truck drivers is only half of that at .04%.  Depending on the size, weight, gender of the truck driver or other factors such as how much the driver had eaten that day, .04% blood alcohol level could sometimes be reached by having only one drink.  Furthermore, truck drivers are not only at risk of getting caught of DUI while they are on the road, but at other times as well.  The FMCSA requires that all truck companies perform random tests of drivers for drug and alcohol levels.  Even if the driver is finished with a trip, he can still be found guilty of DUI via the random tests and lose his CDL.

Despite the stricter laws for CDLs, many truck drivers continue to drive while under the influence.  If you have been injured in a DUI accident with an intoxicated truck driver, the Law Off ices of Shane Smith can help you recover.  Call us today at 770-487-8999 to set up a consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia