For some people, showing up for work drunk might not put anyone in harm’s way (at least that’s what they think,) but when you’re a truck driver, working under the influence means you’re not only putting your life at risk but the lives of others too.
In the transportation industry, there is no tolerance for this kind of behavior. Therefore, professional truck drivers are expected to not only abide by the state’s drinking and driving laws, but by federal regulations as well.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations state that commercial truck drivers are expected to have no alcohol use while performing safety-sensitive functions.
A professional truck driver with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .04% is considered a DUI. This is stricter than a non-commercial driver who would be considered driving under the influence at .08%.
In addition, federal regulations state that CDL drivers should not perform any safety-sensitive functions (including driving) within four hours of consuming alcohol.
Responsible Party in DUI Truck Accidents
When deciding who to hold liable for a DUI truck accident, the driver can be just as responsible as their employer. In fact, the establishment that served or sold them the alcohol can also be targeted.
DUI Truck Accident Attorneys
With the extensive laws surrounding truck drivers and DUIs, DUI truck accident lawsuits are more complex than typical vehicle accident cases. To get the best outcome you should have a highly knowledgeable and experienced attorney by your side.
If you’ve been involved in a DUI truck accident, then call the team of Conley Griggs Partin LLP in Atlanta, Georgia for a free consultation. We look forward to discussing your case with you.
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