The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the federal agency in charge of regulating the commercial trucking industry in order to keep American roads and highways safe. The FMCSA already had strict rules regarding truck drivers who decide to drive under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. First, truck drivers can be charged with DUI with a blood alcohol content of only 0.04%. Also, the FMCSA requires that truck companies perform random drug and alcohol tests on drivers to ensure compliance with the law. If you are in an accident with a drunk truck driver, you should call an experienced Coweta County truck accident attorney for assistance with a possible case today.
In the past, trucking companies have not had information regarding a driver’s past DUI tendencies as readily available as it should be to make safe hiring decisions. The FMCSA has proposed a new program that would make the following information easy to find regarding prospective truck drivers:
- Whether they have failed a drug or alcohol test in the past
- Whether they have refused to submit to a required drug or alcohol test
- Whether the driver has completed a successful substance abuse treatment program and is legally able to return to commercial driving
This new rule is intended to help trucking companies weed out potentially dangerous prospective drivers, while encouraging companies to hire safe drivers with a clean record and no history of DUI or substance abuse. The FMCSA hopes that this new program will help to reduce the number of DUI truck accidents that occur, as well as the resulting injuries.
Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
There is no excuse for a commercial truck driver to get behind the wheel after drinking. If a truck driver decides to DUI and causes injury, that driver should be held fully responsible for all of the losses and injuries suffered by accident victims. The truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping accident victims recover for their injuries and losses. Call our office today for help at (770) 487-8999.