If you were injured in truck accident, and the truck driver was driving drunk, you may be able to recover compensation from the trucking company. It depends on underlying circumstances. Your California truck accident attorney will have to thoroughly investigate to determine if the trucking company can be held liable. Non-commercial drivers are over the legal limit if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater. For commercial drivers, the limit is only .04, and for good reason. Driving under the influence is dangerous no matter what you’re driving, and driving a big rig requires even more attention and the ability to make quick decisions and take the right actions in time to avoid an accident.
Dangers of Drunk Driving in a Large Commercial Truck
Truck drivers just don’t have the leeway for any amount of impairment. The effects of alcohol on truck drivers can compound rather quickly, leading to a devastating accident that never had to happen.
Alcohol reduces the ability to concentrate. That means getting distracted more easily. It impairs judgement. A truck drive has to make split-second decisions and they have to be the right ones. If a truck driver gets distracted, it means even less time to make those decisions. And, alcohol slows reaction time. That’s a bad thing in a little car, and a much worse thing in a large commercial truck which requires about twice as much stopping distance.
If you have been injured in a Los Angeles truck accident and you know or suspect that drugs or alcohol played a role, please call Sheridan & Rund, PC, at 888-640-6789 or email us right away.