In 2009, a truck driver was cited for a DUI in a truck accident in NJ. The truck driver drove into live wires and was soon entirely engulfed in flames, according to police who arrived on the scene. Luckily, not only was the driver unhurt, but he also did not cause injuries to anybody else. In March 2017, another truck driver in NJ got drunk behind the wheel of their truck and caused a deadly crash, leaving one 25-year-old man dead and two others in critical condition. He was found to be legally drunk when the police arrived.
Many drivers do not want to face the reality that a truck driver sharing the roadways with them could be under the influence. Unfortunately, this is a reality in many cases and the reason why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict drug and alcohol testing guidelines in place for all commercial truck drivers. Truck drivers could face devastating effects such as slow responses, delay reflexes, and impair a driver’s judgment. They may also be more likely to fall asleep at the wheel or drive on the wrong side of the road.
How to Take Action in Your Case
To receive damages if you have been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, you will have to prove negligence by the responsible party. You must be able to prove that the truck driver was actually drunk, which should not be difficult as you would have the results of the breathalyzer or the field sobriety tests at your disposal. There are limits in DUI accidents. If somebody has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, then they are considered legally drunk. However, truck drivers should not be operating a commercial truck under any amount of alcohol in their system.
To understand all of your options in one of these delicate cases where injuries are imminent, you should speak to an experienced attorney who can handle these unique accident cases. We are experienced in all aspects of truck accident injury law, so call us today.