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Drunk Driving

Intoxicated driving is inexcusable conduct for any driver, but it is especially dangerous for those who operate massive 18-wheelers and semi trucks. Given their size and weight, these powerful trucks are highly destructive in auto accidents, potentially devastating sedans and smaller trucks sharing the road. Thus, truck drivers are legally obligated to maintain sobriety on the road.

Dangers of Operating Trucks While Intoxicated

Truck drivers are allowed half the degree of intoxication as non-commercial motorists. Anyone holding a commercial driver’s license, or CDL, is legally considered intoxicated if he or she is significantly impaired or registers a blood alcohol content or BAC of 0.04 or greater. Intoxication by alcohol or drugs may cause truck drivers to commit the following mistakes on the road:

  • Failure to follow traffic signals
  • Failing to use headlights or turn signals
  • Overly aggressive driving
  • Drifting between lanes
  • Falling asleep while driving
  • Excessive speeding

When truck drivers choose to operate their vehicles while drunk or drugged, they can be held accountable for any accidents they cause. This can help victims recover the compensation they need for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

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If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident caused by a drunk driver, there may be legal options available for you to pursue financial compensation for the costs associated with these injuries. You may have questions or concerns about your legal options, and an experienced attorney can help you find the answers you’re looking for. To learn more, please fill out the contact form at the top of this page today.