Drunk driving: Commercial drivers need to be under .04%

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2020 | Trucking accidents

When you headed out for the night, you didn’t think anything would go wrong. You had a great day, and you were on your way to pick up your children. Everything was going right for you, and you were looking forward to a relaxing evening with your kids.

Then, you saw a semitruck swerving out of the corner of your eye. By the time you realized how out of control the vehicle was, it had already side-swiped you. You ended up going off the road, suspended in your seat as your vehicle overturned. It was a serious collision, and you were fortunate that you made it out alive.

You do have injuries that will require ongoing care, however. On top of that, you found out that the driver was intoxicated. You’re furious, and you have the right to be.

Commercial drivers should never be intoxicated behind the wheel

Did you know that operating a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .04% or higher is against the law? Since drivers of commercial vehicles are handling such large vehicles, their BAC must be below .04% if they are behind the wheel. Any kind of impairment in a semitruck or commercial vehicle could lead to significant injuries.

On top of it being dangerous, driving with a BAC of .04% or higher can actually lead to criminal charges for commercial drivers. They could have their licenses and careers threatened, too.

You know how serious a DUI crash can be, especially since you’ve been through one yourself. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one, remember that you can take steps to file a claim against any negligent or reckless driver. Their actions caused significant losses, and they should be held responsible.