If a commercial truck accident causes serious injuries or death, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that any truck drivers involved be immediately tested for the presence of drugs or alcohol in their bloodstream. However, there has not been a simple method of determining whether a particular driver had previously failed an alcohol or drug test, or refused to comply with the testing requirements. This made it easier for substance abusing truck drivers to return to the roads and put motorists at risk again. At Shane Smith Law in Coweta County, our experienced truck accident attorneys strive to hold impaired truck drivers liable for any resulting injuries or losses.
The FMCSA has proposed that a database be created that would contain the names and information of any truck drivers who had failed a drug or alcohol test. There are many different times that a truck driver may be tested, including:
- After an accident
- Randomly according to FMCSA requirements
By checking the database, prospective employers will be able to see if a driver has a history of failing drug or alcohol tests. This may affect their decision to hand the keys to one of their trucks over to a certain driver because the company also wants to limit their liability in resulting accidents.
Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a free consultation
Suffering injury or loss because of an impaired truck driver can be particularly devastating since the accident would have been likely completely prevented had the truck driver made different choices. Bringing a legal claim against a drunk truck driver may not only provide you with the compensation you deserve, but may also give you a sense of justice regarding the situation. The dedicated truck accident lawyers at Shane Smith Law will work to ensure you fully recover for your losses, so please call our office today at (770) 487-8999 for help.