Although drinking over a certain amount alcohol and driving (or using drugs and then driving) is illegal for all drivers, federal law has strict guidelines for truck drivers who are on the road more frequently and who are operating large, heavy trucks that can cause tremendous damage if they are involved in traffic accidents. In fact, federal trucking regulations dictate that truck drivers:
- Are legally defined as intoxicated if their blood alcohol content is equal to or greater than 0.04 when operating a truck (This is half of the legal limit of 0.08 for drivers of passenger vehicles)
- Are prohibited from drinking alcohol while operating a truck and/or while “on duty”
- Are prohibited from driving a truck within four hours of having imbibed alcohol.
Additionally, truck drivers can be legally considered to be intoxicated and too impaired to driver if they have taken any illegal narcotics and/or certain prescription or over-the-counter medications.
When a truck driver is drunk or otherwise intoxicated, like others drive while impaired:
- Their reactions will be significantly impaired.
- They will be more likely to lose focus on the road and/or fall asleep at the wheel.
- They will be far more likely to cause serious accidents that could result in severe injuries or even death to other drivers, motorcyclists or pedestrians on the roadway.
If a drunk or drugged truck driver causes an accident, injured parties will be eligible for compensation for their:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Permanent disabilities
- Mental anguish.
St. Louis Drunk Driver Truck Accident Lawsuits
The St. Louis truck accident lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If you were involved in a truck accident caused by an intoxicated truck driver, we encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.