Commercial drivers have a much bigger responsibility to drive safely than passenger vehicle drivers. That’s because of the devastating impact of commercial trucking accidents, and the high risk for injuries and multiple fatalities when these vehicles are involved in a collision. It’s also the reason why the federal administration has much stricter regulations governing truck drivers, than for passenger vehicle drivers.
One of those regulations concerns alcohol use while driving. Commercial truck drivers are subjected to a much lower blood-alcohol concentration limit of .04% while driving, compared to the general limit of .08% for passenger vehicle drivers. The heavy potential for catastrophic injuries and fatalities involving trucking accidents is the reason for such higher standards.
Truck drivers are also subjected to random drug and alcohol tests, in order to reduce the risks involving a driver who is operating a large 80,000-pound vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both.
In spite of heavy trucking safety regulations, however, many trucks every year are involved in devastating accidents that lead to life-altering injuries. Many accidents every year are caused because of:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inattention
- Lack of training
- Driver speeding
- Intoxicated driving
- Malfunctioning truck parts
What to Do If You Have Been Involved in a Truck Accident.
Collection of evidence is extremely important after a truck accident. Speak to witnesses at the scene, and take down their contact information. Remember that the trucking company will immediately dispatch its legal team to the scene of the accident to limit its liability.
Don’t get your damaged vehicle repaired until after the trucking investigation is complete.
Speak with a truck accident attorney, before you speak to insurers, or to representatives of the trucking company.