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The Increasing Problem of Drunk Georgia Truck Drivers

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a non-profit research group funded by major auto insurers, over 3,400 people died nationwide in 2010 in a truck related accident.  Five percent of the truck drivers in those accidents had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) higher than 0.08 percent at the time of the fatal accident.


Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complexClayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a study about the proclivity of truck drivers driving while impaired. Among the study's findings:


  • Approximately 1 percent of truck drivers involved in truck accidents resulting in injuries or death were legally drunk (their Blood Alcohol Concentration was 0.08 percent or above).
  • Approximately 2 percent of truck drivers involved in truck accidents resulting in injuries or death were impaired with illegal drugs.
  • Approximately 36 percent of truck drivers surveyed admitted to using at least one prescription or over-the-counter drugs that could impact their driving ability.


Some trucking companies sacrifice safety for profits and offer incentives to their drivers for fast deliveries. The drivers then may use artificial means to stay awake for long periods or to drive longer than is permitted by law. Trucking companies may even overlook a DUI charge if their drivers complete shipments quickly and ahead of schedule.


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia