Commercial Truck Drivers & DUI Accidents
Washington, DC Truck Accident Lawyers
It is unlawful for commercial drivers to operate a vehicle under the influence
of alcohol or drugs. Like many states, Washington, DC holds commercial
drivers to the DUI standards set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration, which disallows CDL holders (commercial driver's license)
from operating a motor vehicle with a BAC that exceeds .04%. In other
words, commercial drivers are held to higher standard of sobriety.
While driving a large truck, even the slight impairment can lead to a deadly
mistake. Because of their size, commercial vehicles can be difficult to
maneuver; they cannot stop as efficiently as smaller cars and tend to
have larger blind spots. Laws concerning drug and alcohol use while operating
a commercial vehicle are very strict - more stringent than laws for passenger
vehicles. As the government continues to facilitate tougher DUI standards
for drivers, commercial drivers must be held to high expectations as well.
Commercial Drivers & BAC in Washington, DC
Truck drivers value their commercial driver's licenses (CDL). It is
the key to their livelihood. Even if no one is hurt, an accident or drug
or alcohol violation can mean losing their CDL and their career forever.
Federal law requires that truck drivers take random alcohol and drug tests.
Driver intoxication, which used to be responsible for a large percentage of
truck accidents, has dropped in recent years. Drug use is much more commonly involved
in trucking accidents than alcohol.
According to research, alcohol is involved in only about one to three percent
of trucking accidents. In all fifty states, the blood alcohol content
(BAC) threshold was .08%. Federal law limitations for drivers of commercial
vehicles is even more stringent, making it illegal for them to drive with
a BAC of .04% or higher. Additionally, commercial drivers are not allowed
to consume alcohol during work hours. If you suspect that your truck accident
was caused an impaired commercial driver, you may be entitled to money.
Drug Use & Commercial Driver Fatigue
Whether you realize it or not, driver fatigue is responsible for approximately
40% of commercial driver accidents. Some of these accidents are related
to drug use as well. Virtually all truck drivers deal with driver fatigue
at some point; however, some CDL holders use artificial stimulants to
stay alert behind the wheel. While many motorist use coffee, music, or
cool air to stay awake, these methods aren't always enough to stay awake.
As professional drivers, truck drivers don't always have the luxury
of pulling over and taking a nap. With strict deadlines to meet, many
truck drivers turn to methamphetamines to stay awake on long trips. Compared
to most drugs, these simulants are cheap, long-lasting, and easy to find
at truck stops. Unfortunately, illegal stimulants like these can result
in sever driver impairment; side effects like paranoia can lead to serious
Contact Our Washington, DC Truck Accident Attorneys
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C., we believe that irresponsible
commercial truck drivers should be held responsible for their careless
driving. If you or a loved on suffered an injury because of an impaired
truck driver, our team of Washington, DC truck accident lawyers has the
skill to help you file a successful lawsuit. When you work with our firm,
you can have confident knowing that our attorneys have more than 90 years
of collective experience. Let us put it to work for your truck accident claim.
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