As most know, motorists may not drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. What some may not know is that motorists operating commercial vehicles may not drive with a BAC of half that limit at 0.04%.
This is because many commercial drivers have a heightened responsibility when driving. Rather than just driving themselves from point A to point B, commercial drivers often transport hazardous materials or carry busloads of passengers. Due to this increased responsibility, commercial drivers are held to a stricter BAC standard.
Learn about the dangers of when a specific commercial driver—a truck driver—decides to drive under the influence.
The Dangers of Truck Accidents
Trucks are inherently dangerous vehicles; they have poor maneuverability and large blind spots that make them difficult to control in sudden traffic changes. Add a drunk trucker to the mix, and the potential consequences become even more catastrophic.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 252 of the 4,600 large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2017 tested positive for at least one drug. Driving under the influence may affect a trucker’s abilities in the following ways:
They may drive too fast or slow for traffic conditions.
They may follow too closely behind other vehicles.
They may not brake in time to avoid an accident.
They may drift between lanes or off the road.
They may fall asleep at the wheel.
If you or someone you love has been harmed in an accident caused by an intoxicated truck driver, our Corpus Christi personal injury attorneys are here to help. At Bandas Law Firm, we know the physical and financial burden a truck accident can have on your health and independence. We want to help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
Contact us today at (361) 238-2789 to learn how we can assist you.