Recent studies suggest that about 500,000 traffic accidents occur each year in the United States. Of those 500,000 motor vehicle collisions, about 10% of them result in a traffic fatality. Due to the sheer size and weight of any large truck, accidents involving trucks tend to be very severe and damaging. When a truck driver is given the responsibility to safely transfer products or goods from one region to another, they are entrusted with an enormous duty. Not only must they carry the cargo safely and in compliance with federal standards, but they must do so while traversing crowded roads and congested highways.
Truckers who operate their vehicles under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is becoming a serious problem plaguing the entire country. Across the United States and, more specifically, in Connecticut, studies have revealed a slight rise in the number of truck driver DUI violations. Accidents involving a truck driver who is impaired tend to be incredibly severe, often fatal. Sadly, every single truck accident involving a truck driver DUI is 100% avoidable. Currently, the nation is dealing with a rising number of truckers who are ignoring the law and choosing to operate their vehicles while impaired.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has seen far too many instances where family members and loved ones have lost lives due to truck driver DUI situations. Whether they realize it or not, when a trucker makes the decision to drink while on the job, they are placing themselves and every other motorist on the road in serious danger. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries that involve a truck driver DUI, you may be entitled to compensation to help pay for the medical bills, lost wages, and any other pain and suffering in which you endure.
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What To Know About Truck Driver DUI Regulations
Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Intoxicating substances make driving safely impossible, as no driver is able to function normally while under the influence. Unfortunately, truckers are often placed in a precarious situation due to the strict deadlines and time limitations placed upon them by their bosses or companies in which they work for. The United States depends on the products and goods that are carried by these large trucks. To meet these deadlines and the pressure placed upon them, truckers often take drugs to keep them awake while driving long hours and late into the night.
When a driver is pulled over and is found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above, they are considered to be operated a vehicle over the legal limit. This means that the driver or trucker is subject to receiving a DUI or DWI, which stands for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, respectively.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a truck driver DUI, you must speak with a DUI attorney as soon as possible. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that these truckers and the companies in which they work must be held liable for the damages and injuries that they cause to innocent accident victims. In a free, no-obligation consultation, our personal injury lawyers will sit down with you to prepare the best course of action to get you back to normal living after this tragedy.
Litigation For Truck Driver DUI Collisions
When it comes to truck collision, the litigation process is often very long and complex. Like any other motor vehicle claim, the accident victim must be able to prove that the negligence of this truck driver caused the collision, and thus property damages and bodily injuries. The results of the field sobriety test or Breathalyzer typically indicates that the trucker was in fact responsible for the damages caused by the accident. Nevertheless, proving this negligence comprises hiring an experienced, passionate personal injury attorney.
Oftentimes, accident victims believe that the pending litigation is clear cut. They were injured by a trucker who had been under the influence and expect the court to rule in their favor. Unfortunately, truck accident litigation is typically not this simple. There are a number of contributing factors in which the legal team must account for and prepare. For this reason, it is essential that truck accident victims seek legal counsel as soon as possible following a collision. Hiring the right lawyers can truly make a large impact on one’s ability to recover after an accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a truck driver DUI infraction, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today to speak with an experienced, friendly truck accident attorney.
Contact Our New Haven Personal Injury Attorneys Today
Far too many truckers “get away” with the damages and injuries in which they cause by driving under the influence. When a collision occurs, the innocent accident victims are typically overwhelmed with the list of things that they must address. From dealing with insurance companies to physically recovering from crash injuries, these individuals deserve fair and honest legal representation. Here is where the power of Perkins comes into play. Our experienced legal staff makes in our priority to make accident victims feel as comfortable as possible in these trying times.
As we spend time diving into your case and building a successful strategy to win, you are able to focus on recovery. This recovery time is essential to victims of truck driver DUI accidents, as the injuries present in these situations tend to be very severe, often requiring long recovery periods. If you or a loved one has suffered from any injuries due to your crash, contact our New Haven, Bridgeport or Hartford offices today to get started.