The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there are approximately 500,000 truck collisions in the United States each year. Of these truck accidents, one out of every ten traffic crashes results in a fatality. While a number of different causes contribute to the large number of truck crashes each year, truckers driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol continue to be one of the leading causes of severe injury and traffic fatalities.
DWI/DUI accidents are dangerous in any capacity. However, when accounting for the larger structure, size, and weight of trucks, the level of danger increases significantly. When a trucker makes the decision to consume drugs or alcohol prior to traveling on the roads and highways in Florida, they must be held accountable for any damages in which they cause. Trucker DWI is a growing problem that is 100 percent preventable. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a truck driving under the influence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Gordon & Doner strongly believes that trucker DWI must be taken seriously. Far too many truck drivers make a conscious decision to take drugs or alcohol to help them stay awake and alert on the road, especially while driving through the night. Innocent accident victims should never have to pay for the negligence of these dangerous truckers. With offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, and Pembroke Pines, our personal injury attorneys are able to provide legal services for residents across the state of Florida.
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Trucker DWI Regulations and Limits
“DWI” is an abbreviation for driving while under the influence, indicating that the driver is operating their vehicle with a very high level of blood alcohol concentration. Truckers may also be cited for a “DUI” which is an abbreviation for driving under the influence. It is illegal for any Florida motorists to operate a car, truck, or any kind vehicle of some sort under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Florida law takes these violations very seriously and those drivers who choose to break them are subject to severe consequences.
In the state of Florida, motorists under the age of 21 may not blow above a .02 percent blood alcohol concentration and those 21 years or older may not blow above a .08 percent blood alcohol concentration. However, operators of commercial vehicles must not blow above a .04 percent blood alcohol concentration. Falling under the last category, commercial truck drivers may be subject to serious consequences when violating these strict regulations.
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Trucker DWI Collision Lawsuits
The legal penalties administered to trucker DWI violators become more severe when the trucker violates the law more than once. Regardless, however, these people are subject to fines and potential jail time. But what about the innocent accident victims who have suffered due to the trucker’s careless choices? When it comes to accident claims, the injured party must prove that the negligence of the at-fault driver was the cause of the collision. The victim’s lawyer must be able to prove that the trucker was intoxicated based upon the breathalyzers test or field sobriety tests which indicate that the driver was in fact driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
When it comes to trucker DWI, the legal proceedings are typically very complex. For instance, there may be a number of contributing factors related to the motor vehicle collision, further complicating the litigation process. In addition, commercial vehicle laws make these cases even more intricate. If you or a loved one has been injured by a trucker DWI, contact Gordon & Doner today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Contact Our Palm Beach Truck Accident Lawyers Today
After years of experience and having obtained numerous favorable verdict and settlements, Gordon & Doner understands what it takes to get the job done. Our personal injury attorneys have defended countless numbers of truck accident victims, working tirelessly until we achieve the maximum compensation in which they deserve. At our firm, we believe that trucker DWI should be held liable for the damages and injuries which they cause. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck collision in Florida, our auto accident lawyers are here for you.
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