When Impaired Truck Drivers Cause Accidents
Truckers are legally obligated to be sober when they are behind the wheels of commercial vehicles or any vehicle, for that matter. In fact, while the legal limit for alcohol for commercial drivers is 0.04 – half of what it is for drivers with standard licenses, truckers are also subject to drug testing at various points in the employment process to try to ensure they are not driving when impaired.
Tragically, however, drunk and drugged truckers still make it on to the roads, putting law-abiding citizens at needless risk of injury or death.
At the Law Offices of Pius Joseph, our Pasadena accident lawyers are tireless advocates for the victims of impaired drivers. Skilled at advancing our clients’ interest in any legal setting, our attorneys will work tirelessly to help truck accident victims pursue all available legal remedies – and maximize their financial recoveries – when impaired truckers have harmed them.
Drug & Alcohol Testing for Truckers
According to federal trucking regulations,1 trucking companies are required to perform drug and alcohol testing on truck drivers:
- During the hiring process – This screening has to occur before an official job offer is made, or job offers have to be contingent on applicants passing this drug and alcohol testing. The step is important in the hiring process, as it can indicate when a driver may have a history of alcohol and/or drug abuse.
- Following an accident – Whenever truckers are involved in traffic accidents, drug and alcohol testing must also be performed to evaluate whether impairment on the part of the commercial motorist was a factor in the crash.
- Whenever else there may be reason to believe a driver is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs – At any other point in the employment process when a trucking company has reason to suspect impairment, testing should also be done on drivers. Suspicions about impairment can arise from reports made by other employees, drivers’ on-duty behaviors or other factors.
If trucking companies fail to meet these obligations and one of their drivers gets behind the wheel when impaired and causes an accident, the company – as well as the impaired driver – may be liable for compensating victims for their injuries and losses.
Financial Recovery for the Victims of Impaired Truck Drivers
When the victims of alcohol- or drug-related truck accidents have the courage to pursue justice and hold truckers and/or trucking companies accountable, the financial recovery these victims can secure may include damages for (but not necessarily limited to):
- Past medical bills
- Future treatment expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Emotional distress.
Punitive damages may also be available in some cases, such as when trucking companies have a history of putting impaired or negligent drivers on the road.
Contact a Pasadena Personal Injury Attorney at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph
If you have been hurt by an impaired truck driver, contact a Pasadena personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph for effective legal advocacy moving forward. Since 1990, our lawyers have been going the extra mile for our clients, working relentlessly to help them protect their rights and interests while maximizing their financial recoveries.
Call us at (626) 397-1050 or email us via the contact form on this page to schedule a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. We are ready to start helping you now.
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1: FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Rules for CDL Holders