Drunk Truck Driver AccidentsJuly 31, 2014
Truck drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully. This responsibility should be held to a much higher standard than the average motor vehicle driver. With the extra weight and the types of loads they carry, it is their task to ensure the safety of their vehicles and that they follow trucking regulations when it comes to driving responsibly.
Often, drunk truck driver accidents are due to alcohol having an adverse effect on the drivers perceptions and response times – all of which are lowered. Generally, the accidents they cause tend to be more severe than normal as no avoidance or prevention of the crash takes place. With a truck, the weight and size of the vehicle striking another motor vehicle or pedestrian can result in injuries that can impact a person for the rest of their lives, or even result in death.
When a truck driver fails to adhere to traffic laws and drives while intoxicated, the results can be catastrophic. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident caused by a drunk truck driver, consult with a Mobile truck driving collision attorney from the Citrin Law Firm. Our legal staff is well-versed in trucking regulations and laws that govern drivers and can provide you with skilled and knowledgeable legal representation.
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Alabama Drunk Truck Driver Accidents
When it comes to drunk drivers in Alabama, there is a zero tolerance policy in regard to drug or alcohol abuse. A truck driver has the added responsibility to not only carry loads in an 80,000 pound vehicle, but also to be watchful of the other drivers on the road. The severity of Alabama truck driver accidents is often increased in comparison to a drunk driving accident involving standard sized automobiles. In an collision involving a truck, the velocity and weight of the vehicle leads to a higher impact and a greater likelihood for disastrous injury.
Commercial vehicle drivers in Alabama are considered to be legally drunk when their blood alcohol content reaches a level of .04 percent or greater. Alabama has specified penalties for those commercial drivers who commit a DUI.
For a drunk truck driver’s first DUI, the consequence is a full year of disqualification. However, if hazardous material was being transported at the time of the DUI, the disqualification period increased to three years. The second DUI offense will result in permanent disqualification, with a possible reduction to a 10 year period.
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Mobile Truck Accident Lawyers
When a trucker causes such an accident, the potential negligent parties can involve numerous companies. A truck may be driven by an employee, and the owner of the truck must be held responsible for the actions of their worker. If there were trailers attached to it, the company that owns the trailers may also be held accountable for the accident.
Our skilled truck accident lawyers will meticulously investigate the facts surrounding your truck accident and will ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.
It is important to let large companies be aware that they cannot get away with allowing their drivers to act irresponsibly. Servicing Mobile and Baldwin counties, our firm will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.
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