Commercial truck DUI’s / DWI’s are all too common occurrences, and can have catastrophic consequences for much smaller passenger vehicles. Despite severe penalties, truck drivers continue to abuse alcohol and drugs on the job.
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What’s the problem?
When a truck driver consumes alcohol before getting behind the wheel, that person turns an 18 wheeler into a deadly weapon. Sadly, tractor trailer DUI’s are one of the most common offenses in the court systems today. The Commercial Motor Vehicle Act of 1986 has established a 0.04% blood alcohol content (BAC) as the maximum percentage of alcohol a commercial vehicle driver can have in his or her system.
According to a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Traffic Safety:
- 15% of truck drivers had marijuana in their systems
- 12% of truck drivers had non-prescription stimulants in their systems
- 5% of truck drivers had prescription stimulants in their systems
- 2% of truck drivers had cocaine in their systems
- 1% of truck drivers had alcohol is their systems
When a big rig truck driver is convicted of driving under the influence, he or she may be disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for one year. If the driver was carrying hazardous materials at the time, the minimum disqualification period increases to three years. After a second DUI conviction, the driver will be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life.
Even with these stiff penalties, tractor trailer drivers are still abusing drugs and alcohol on the job.
Do I have a Trucking Accident Lawsuit?
The Personal Injury Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in tractor trailer accident lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.