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Dangers of truck accidents caused by intoxicated drivers

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Intoxicated Drivers | 0 comments

Even though there are lots of campaigns were already made, intoxicated driving is still a big problem in the U.S. and it is still one of the major causes of many fatal road accidents. Intoxicated driving basically means that a driver operating a vehicle is either under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both.

Truck drivers or any drivers with commercial driver’s license (CDL) in most states are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to have a blood alcohol limit (BAC) of 0.04 percent. Such BAC percentage is lower by half compared to private vehicle drivers because large vehicles like commercial trucks are more dangerous when involved in intoxicated driving accidents. Drivers may not be allowed to operate a truck for four hours after consuming alcohol. The FMCSA may require truck drivers to regularly submit blood alcohol testing after being caught of intoxicated driving. At all times truck drivers should be alert and responsive while behind the wheels, however, if they are under the influence of alcohol, fatal accidents may occur. A driver who consumed substantial amount of alcohol may not immediately react to critical road conditions as their central nervous system is slowed down.

People on the road are also at high risk of sustaining fatal injuries in accidents if truck drivers are under the influence of drugs. Aside from illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and even over-the-counter drugs can cause intoxication mostly if it is taken in great amounts. According to the website of Ausband & Dumont, driving a commercial truck while under the influence of drugs is “exceedingly dangerous and altogether unacceptable.” The driver’s critical thinking and alertness is impaired when intoxicated by drugs. As truck accidents caused by intoxicated drivers are often serious, people who have been victims of such catastrophes may consider filing damage claims against negligent parties.

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