More than 4,000 people died in accidents with large trucks in 2017 alone. Large trucks are a danger to motorists and other vehicles based on their enormous size. We expect the professionals who operate these vehicles to drive safely and pay attention to the rules of the road. However, not all drivers are safe and some take the extraordinary risk of operating a large truck while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Dangers of Impaired Truck Driving
Driving a large commercial truck while under the influence of drugs and alcohol is extremely dangerous. A drunk driver has poor reflexes, impaired judgment, poor coordination, and decreased reaction times. Large commercial trucks are already dangerous on the road. When they are operated by someone who is impaired, they can be deadly.
Because accidents involving large commercial trucks can be deadly, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) has strict guidelines when it comes to commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and driving under the influence. If a CDL holder drives under the influence of drugs and alcohol they stand the risk of losing their license and their livelihood.
In addition, the FMSCA has drug and alcohol testing guidelines that must be followed by truck drivers and the companies that employ them. These guidelines include pre-employment screening, random testing, and testing based on reasonable suspicion. Employers are required to ensure these tests are administered and take necessary action against any driver who is found to be impaired.
Liability for Impaired Truck Driving Accidents
When an impaired truck driver causes an accident that results in injury to other motorists, they can be held responsible for those injuries. Their employer can also be held responsible. Trucking companies have a duty to conduct proper background checks on all drivers and to not hire drivers who have a DUI on their driving record. Trucking companies are also responsible for adhering to the drug testing guidelines and ensuring that their drivers are not impaired. If a trucking company fails in their duty, they may be liable for any injuries caused by this failure.
Contact a Trusted Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident with an impaired driver, you should have an experienced attorney evaluate your case. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español