I Was in an Accident with an Intoxicated Trucker. What Should I Do?
A truck accident is a traumatic experience that can leave individuals with catastrophic injuries and long-term psychological trauma. When the truck driver who caused the collision is intoxicated, the incident and aftermath can feel even more unjust. Learn what to do if you were in an accident with a trucker driving under the influence.
Commercial vehicle drivers are held to a higher standard than traditional motorists. While passenger car drivers may not drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, commercial vehicle drivers face a stricter regulation. Their BAC must be less than 0.04% when operating their commercial vehicle. If a commercial vehicle driver is found to be operating their vehicle with a BAC at or above the 0.04% limit, they will be deemed to be driving under the influence of alcohol and subject to the disqualification sanctions in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Additionally, in a majority of states, they can also be criminally charged for operating their tractor-trailer while under the influence of alcohol.
If you get into an accident with a tractor-trailer, it is important to follow the necessary steps to ensure your rights are protected. Review the following steps to take following a truck accident:
- Check on all parties involved and contact emergency services if necessary.
- Call the police and wait for them to arrive at the scene.
- Exchange information will all drivers and witnesses.
- Get the truck driver’s company information.
- Inform your insurance company that the accident involved a commercial vehicle.
- Take photos of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, and all injuries.
- Seek medical attention and retain records of treatment.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is important to contact a qualified personal injury attorney who can help you navigate the complex legal process involved with a commercial vehicle accident and drunk driver.
We can fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 for a consultation with our team.