An estimated half million commercial truck accident take place across the country on an annual basis, resulting in approximately 5,000 deaths and hundreds of thousands of serious bodily injuries. A large portion of these accidents occur because the commercial truck driver decided to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When truck drivers choose to get behind the wheel while they are intoxicated, they put all of the other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and others on the road in grave danger. The sad part about these accidents is that they are completely preventable had the truck driver made a more responsible decision. If you or a loved one has been injured in a DUI truck accident, contact a Coweta County DUI truck accident attorney as soon as possible for help.
Driving under the influence is against the law for everyone. Commercial truck drivers have even more stringent regulations and limits than drivers of regular passenger vehicles. While states have set .08% blood alcohol content limits for regular drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set a nationwide blood alcohol content limit of .04% for all drivers of commercial vehicles. Furthermore, the FMCSA requires truck companies to perform random alcohol and drug screening on drivers before, during, or after driving shifts. If a commercial driver is found to be driving under the influence, he will face serious consequences, such as losing his commercial driver’s license, fines, and possible time in jail.
Unfortunately, not all instances of DUI among commercial drivers can be detected by random testing. Therefore, truck drivers continue to drive while intoxicated every day. Drivers who are under the influence may easily lose control of their trucks and cause devastating accidents, injuries, and deaths. DUI is unacceptable and illegal, and victims of DUI truck accidents deserve full compensation for all of their injuries, losses, and pain and suffering that resulted from the accident.
If you have been involved in a DUI truck accident, an experienced truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you receive the settlement you deserve. Call us today at (770) 487-8999.