Commercial DUIs and Truck Accidents

If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, it is important to understand your legal rights. At Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., our Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia truck accident lawyers can help you to make a claim and get monetary compensation for your losses. Give us a call today to learn more.

Seriousness of Commercial DUIs and Truck Accidents
In the state of Georgia, commercial drivers are held to a special standard when it comes to drunk driving. While the legal limit for most drivers is .08, commercial drivers are considered too drunk to drive once their BAC has reached .04.

This lower limit is necessary in order to protect the public and to make sure that intoxicated commercial drivers don't present a danger on the roads. Any drunk driver can significantly increase the risk of an accident happening, but commercial vehicles are larger and more complicated to operate so it is especially important for a commercial driver to be alert and capable while driving his truck.
 
Since consuming even a small amount of alcohol can affect reaction times and cognitive function, the lower commercial limit ensures that professional drivers don't take any chances.
 
Unfortunately, not all truck drivers or commercial drivers obey the rules, and there are still professional drivers who decide to drink on the job. When this occurs, a drunk truck driver can be a menace on the roads.

The Dangers of Drunk Driving Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are always more dangerous than car accidents because of the difference in size between commercial vehicles and passenger cars. Unfortunately, truck accidents involving intoxicated drivers are the riskiest of all.

An intoxicated truck driver may not engage in normal crash-avoidance behavior such as swerving out of the way or slowing down the truck to try to avoid a high-speed crash. This increases the chances of a head-on accident or an accident in which the truck hits a car with much more force. A drunk commercial driver could also be at higher risk of a jackknifing accident or a roll-over crash.

Unfortunately, these types of accidents can often cause serious injuries including spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injury. Often, the victims who suffer these serious injuries are other motorists who were involved in crashes with the intoxicated truck driver.

An Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident with a drunk driver, you should have a strong case to obtain compensation. The fact that the truck driver was intoxicated is strong evidence that he was negligent, so you will just need to show that the negligence was the cause of the crash and that you were hurt as a result.

An experienced Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia truck accident lawyer will be able to assist you in proving your case and in showing that the driver hurt you because he was drunk. Our Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia truck accident attorneys can help you to pursue a claim against the truck driver and other responsible parties, including the trucking company, with the goal of recovering compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

To schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can help with your claim, contact the Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia truck accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., today at 404-814-8949 or simply fill out our online case evaluation form.  


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