Semi-trucks, 18-wheeler trucks, tractor-trailers, and other types of commercial trucks can be difficult to control even under ideal circumstances, requiring truck drivers to dedicate their full attention to the roads in order to safely traverse the nation’s roads. As such, federal laws dictate that truck drivers who act negligently and operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol can be held liable for any damages that should result in the event of a collision. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash caused by a drunk trucker, you may have grounds to take legal action against both the truck driver and their employer in pursuit of full and fair compensation for your losses.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost present and future wages
- Vehicle repair costs
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Reduced quality of life
- Wrongful death
If the drunk truck driver was served alcohol at a bar, restaurant, or other establishment, you may also be able to file a claim against that business under your state’s “dram shop” liability laws.
FMCSA Blood Alcohol Limits
Due to the sheer size of most 18-wheeler trucks, commercial truck drivers are expected to adhere to a higher standard than most other motorists in regards to safety and must follow numerous regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in order to obtain and maintain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). While most ordinary drivers can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if caught operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more, commercial drivers may not operate a motor vehicle with a BAC beyond 0.02% without violating the law. In addition, truck drivers and are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle within four hours of consuming alcohol.
Drivers and employers who may be subjected to FMCSA regulations regarding alcohol use include:
- Anyone who owns or leases commercial motor vehicles
- Anyone who assigns drivers to operate commercial vehicles
- Federal, state, and local government agencies
- For-hire and private motor carriers
- Civic organizations and churches
Seek Compensation for Your Suffering – Call (855) 812-1100
Unfortunately, seeking compensation after a collision caused by a drunk trucker is oftentimes much easier said than done. Since the potential damages from a trucking accident can be so high, trucking companies often have massive insurance policies and powerful lawyers at the ready to protect their interests and minimize their liability. For this reason, it is crucial that injured parties retain the services of an aggressive attorney as soon as possible to level the playing field and maximize their chances of securing the compensation they deserve.
If you have been injured in a crash caused by a drunk trucker, contact the Corpus Christi truck accident lawyers at Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys. With more than 70 years of combined experience and a proven track record of case victories, we understand your situation and have the tools to ensure your wellbeing is guarded during this difficult time. To find out if you have a claim, contact our office online or fill out an online form today to schedule your free case review.