Truck Drivers Under the Influence Lawyers in Dallas
In 44 percent of traffic accidents involving fatalities, a driver was driving impaired. The sad statistics are that:
- Every 30 minutes, someone dies in an alcohol-related crash
- Every two minutes someone is injured in an alcohol-related crash
- About 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash during their lifetime
Because truck drivers work long hours, often driving through the night, it is not uncommon for some drivers to turn to drugs (such as prescription drugs, cocaine, marijuana or methamphetamine, just to name a few) or alcohol. Already fatigued, impairing their ability on the roads only makes truck drivers more of a liability. Trucking accidents happen every day across the country:
- In 2008, 123,918 large trucks were involved in non-fatal accidents
- 49,084 large trucks were involved in injury crashes in 2008
- There were 73,047 injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2008
Why Trucks Are Such a Hazard
Most tractor-trailer trucks transport goods up to 26,000 pounds and many of the goods they transport can include dangerous chemicals, hazardous materials or toxic waste. An 80,000-pound semi-truck instantly becomes a danger when driven by someone under the influence.
As a result, big rig drivers cannot exceed a blood alcohol content level of 0.04 percent. The federal government takes a hard-hitting approach: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations states that no driver can be under the influence of alcohol or narcotics within four hours of operating a commercial truck. When a driver has a commercial driver’s license and is charged with DUI, Texas law takes a much stricter stance on such individuals.
Did a Truck Drivers Negligence Injure You?
A traffic accident on its own can result in a terrible accident, but combined with a large vehicle and a driver who isn’t capable of controlling it – the ramifications can be disastrous. Common, serious injuries in a trucking DUI accident include:
- Head/neck/spinal cord injuries
- Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Burn injuries
- Amputation injuries
If a truck driver’s negligence caused your injuries, we will help you fight for the damages you deserve. We will help you fight for compensation for mental and physical pain and suffering, for medical bills, lost wages, and out of pocket expenses and if possible, for punitive damages – which punish the at-fault driver for operating a truck while impaired. Even if the truck driver wasn’t under the influence at the time, he/she could be guilty of another violation that could allow you to press charges such as:
- Working extended hours/fatigue
- Keeping a fraudulent log book
- Traffic violations
- Road rage
- Improper loading
- Improper equipment
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Inadequate training
- Driver carelessness
You should keep in mind that trucking companies usually have a strong legal defense team they can employ and that complex commercial trucking liability laws can make it difficult to press a lawsuit. You will need a truck injury attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced on your side.
Give Zinda Law Group a Call Today!
If you entrust the details of your case to Zinda Law Group, we can help you determine if the truck driver was under the influence and at fault. Our firm has successful handled a wide range of truck accident injury claims, and we can help you with your case too.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that involved a truck driver who may have been driving under the influence, our truck injury attorneys will take quick steps to investigate the matter thoroughly. We will aggressively pursue the results you are looking for. What are you waiting for? Give us a call at 800-863-5312 for a free consultation today!