Driving under the influence is against the law and extremely dangerous for all drivers. However, DUI is particularly dangerous for commercial truck drivers, as accidents involving these large semi-trucks can be particularly devastating. Therefore, commercial truck drivers have stricter rules regarding DUI than other driers. For example, the legal limit for driving under the influence for regular drivers is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08%. The legal limit for commercial truck drivers is lower, at .04% BAC. If you are injured in an accident caused by a truck driver who was over the legal limit of intoxication, a Coweta County truck accident lawyer can help you hold that driver accountable for his actions.
Furthermore, trucking companies have their own roles and responsibilities when it comes to monitoring the behavior of their drivers. According to regulations set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucking companies must perform a certain number of random drug and alcohol tests on its drivers that either arrive for work or return from a trip. Additionally, trucking companies must perform a drug test on all commercial drivers before their hiring date and also following any accident that caused death, or injury and/or property damage and the driver was cited by law enforcement for a violation. Finally, trucking companies must test a driver if they have reasonable suspicion to believe the driver was going to drive or already has driven while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If a driver fails a test, the FMCSA sets out guidelines for suspension of a commercial license, rehabilitation of the driver, and how and when to reinstate the driver.
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If you have been injured in a DUI truck accident, you should contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible for help. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.