An estimated 500,000 truck collisions occur across the nation annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and about 10% of these accidents end in death. The accidents might happen for several reasons, but impaired driving from alcohol or drugs is admittedly one of the main factors in a crash.
Reasons Truck Drivers Drive while Impaired
A truck driver might commit a DUI or DWI for several reasons. They might be trying to stay awake in order to meet a deadline or taking drugs to keep them from becoming drowsy. They might be bored or depressed and use a substance to help fill the void of time spent behind the wheel. The hours of their jobs and time away from their loved ones can place pressure on truck drivers. The federal government provides specific standards that commercial drivers must meet in order to obtain their license. In addition, they must follow strict traffic laws, including refraining from driving under the influence in order to keep their license.
Your Indianapolis personal injury lawyer will work to prove your case through police reports and information, breath tests, and the results of field sobriety tests. The driver could be charged and convicted criminally, which will hold him or her accountable for their behavior. While an accident victim might try to handle a claim on their own, laws surrounding commercial drivers are complicated. A seasoned professional can provide the guidance you need in your case.
Immense Weight and Size
The immense weight and size of semi trucks make accidents especially dangerous for anyone involved. A smaller vehicle or even a passenger truck does not stand a chance in an impact when the average weight of a car is about 4,000 tons and a commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 tons. If the driver has been drinking, he or she cannot properly control the vehicle in order to prevent an accident. Commercial drivers receive specific training regarding their responsibilities and they understand the risks they take before obtaining a commercial drivers’ license. They need to be held accountable for their failure to obey the laws and for their reckless choice to get behind the wheel and drive while impaired.
Truck drivers are held to a higher standard when driving commercial vehicles, which means they can be charged with a lower blood-alcohol-content level than the .08 percent threshold that the state generally enforces. If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to an impaired truck driver, contact the professionals at Jacobs Law for further information. You could be awarded compensation for your medical bills, related costs and pain and suffering. Call our firm today to schedule a no-obligation initial appointment or fill out the contact form on our website and we will contact you to discuss your situation.