Driving while under the influence of alcohol is always dangerous for any driver. However, when a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a large commercial tractor trailer that may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, they not only break the law but also pose a serious risk for everyone else on the road. In order to avoid DUI accidents involving trucks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict regulations regarding DUI. Unfortunately, these laws do not keep truck drivers from continuing to risk lives by DUI, and accidents do happen and cause injuries and deaths. If you or a loved one has been the victims of a DUI truck accident, a Coweta County truck accident attorney can help you hold the truck driver liable for his actions.
Under the FMCSA, a commercial truck driver may not drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.04% or more. In addition, Georgia law further prohibits commercial truck drivers from driving with any measurable amount of alcohol in their systems. Additionally, drivers may not have any type of alcoholic beverage within four hours of reporting to work or starting a driving shift. If a driver is caught violating these regulations, he or she may have their commercial driver’s license suspended for a period of time and lose their ability to earn a living as a truck driver. The truck company will have to discipline the driver and likely require they attend alcohol treatment before they can be reinstated. These laws are strict because of the devastation that is too often caused in DUI truck accidents.
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Drivers who choose to get behind the wheel of a large commercial vehicle after drinking put all other motorists on the road in serious danger of accident and injury. If you have been the victim of a DUI truck accident, you deserve justice and to get fully compensated for all of your losses by the responsible driver and trucking company. An experienced truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith will stand up for your rights as a truck accident victim and will help you get the maximum possible settlement. Call our office today at (770) 487-8999 for help.