Drunk or impaired driving is a serious issue on American roadways. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 28 people die in drunk-driving accidents every day nationwide. Many of these accidents involve intoxicated drivers of commercial vehicles.
An impaired commercial driver is particularly dangerous given the enormous size of these vehicles. Collisions with this type of vehicle are much more likely to result in severe injuries and death due to the size difference.
If you have suffered injuries at the hands of an impaired truck driver, you might be entitled to financial compensation. Our experienced truck accident attorneys of Hobbs Law Group could help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
The Effects of Drugs and Alcohol
Alcohol can negatively impact a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle in several ways—delayed reaction times and diminished motor control. A commercial driver is unable to navigate the vehicle carefully, and is also is a common factor in failing to stop in time to avoid a collision.
Drugs and alcohol can also impair decision-making. A driver might take a risk they would not normally, or they could begin driving more aggressively. This poor decision-making has the potential to lead to an accident.
The Dangers of Commercial Vehicles
As noted, the severity of these accidents is primarily due to the size disparity between commercial and passenger vehicles. A commercial vehicle could weigh as much as 20 times a passenger car. An impact between the two disproportionately affects the smaller one.
The length of commercial vehicles can also play a role. Given how long a commercial truck is– a crash where the truck turns sideways or rolls over could cross multiple lanes of traffic. The sheer size of these vehicles increases the chances of a multi-vehicle collision.
Consequences for Impaired Commercial Drivers
The definition of impairment is very different for commercial drivers. Typically, drivers are considered intoxicated if they register a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more. This legal limit is much lower for operators of a commercial vehicle. They may not have a BAC of .04 or higher while behind the wheel.
An impaired driver faces criminal consequences upon arrest and conviction. These consequences include the possibility of jail, fines, or the suspension of their driving privileges. They will often lose their ability to operate a commercial vehicle and will also struggle to maintain employment in the field.
There are other potential consequences outside of criminal court. A conviction for DWI could be used as evidence during a civil trial. Our experienced truck accident lawyers understand how to use these convictions as evidence of negligence during our investigation to recover compensation on your behalf.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, you are entitled to seek compensation. If you learn the commercial driver involved in your crash was impaired at the time of the collision, it could play an important role during the claims process.
At Hobbs Law Group, we have a track record of aggressively pursuing intoxicated or impaired truck drivers. To learn how we can assist in your case, contact our team of semi-truck accident lawyers today for a free consultation.