Truck Accidents Caused by DUI Truck Drivers
- May 8, 2013
- Truck Accidents
Despite the fact that professional CDL truck drivers and their employers are held to far higher standards than the average motorist, as a Dallas personal injury attorney, I know that they are regularly to blame for causing some very serious traffic collisions which frequently result in catastrophic and sometimes even fatal injuries to drivers and passengers in other vehicles. Given the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex’s location at the heart of North Texas it sits on a busy route linking other major Texas cities such as Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, as well as neighboring states Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Consequently, semi-truck wrecks are sadly extremely common in the DFW area.
As a Dallas truck accident attorney, I know there are many reasons why a licensed trucker might be responsible for causing a crash. Some of the most common reasons of 18 wheeler accidents include driver fatigue, speeding, momentary distraction, or driving under the influence.
Truckers Driving Drunk
Driving while intoxicated is well known to be illegal. Unfortunately, this crime is regularly committed throughout our society by people of every background imaginable. Put a drunk driver behind the wheel of an 80,000 lbs tractor-trailer and the consequences will be catastrophic. Any time a heavy goods vehicle is involved in a traffic accident, the law requires the truck driver submit to an alcohol test to determine whether or not they had been drinking. Often, however, the motor carrier company employing the reckless driver will try to hide the fact that their driver had been driving under the influence, so it is important that you hire an experienced Dallas truck accident lawyer to handle your injury claim as early as possible.
Truckers Driving While High
As with truck drivers who get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, truckers who knowingly take illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or other narcotics are not only breaking the law, they are knowingly jeopardizing the lives of other road users. Sometimes, however, the truck driver might be guilty of driving under the influence of drugs as a result of taking a legal FDA-approved pharmaceutical product.
Certain legal medications can impair a driver’s ability to safely operate their vehicle just as much as certain illegal drugs. Benzodiazepines, amphetamines, stimulants, opiates, opioids, and opiate analgesics are the classes of medical drugs most commonly associated with truck wreck cases involving truck drivers driving under the influence of drugs. Some of the medications most commonly involved in such collisions include Nyquil, Xanax, Benadryl, Vicodin, and Morphine.
We Can Help Following Your DUI Truck Wreck
DUI truck drivers can have their license suspended if they are found guilty of driving under the influence of any type of controlled substance. However, there is no guarantee that you will be paid the full and fair compensation you are entitled to regardless of whether any criminal proceedings are brought against the at-fault truck driver.
The only way that you can ensure you have the best possible chance of achieving justice and being paid the damages you deserve is by hiring an experienced truck wreck lawyer. Call Guajardo & Marks today for a free initial consultation on your case. Call us now at 972-774-9800 or contact us online.