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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), large trucks were the type of vehicles with the lowest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes who had a breath or blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. Nonetheless, impaired driving remains a major concern for commercial truck drivers, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act passed in 1991 required United States Department of Transportation (DOT) agencies to implement drug and alcohol testing of “safety-sensitive transportation employees,” which includes truck drivers.
The DOT-wide regulation 49 CFR Part 40, or Part 40 as it is known, provides how testing should be conducted and how to return employees to safety-sensitive duties after they violate a DOT drug and alcohol regulation. Under federal drug and alcohol testing, a person submits to five-panel testing for marijuana, cocaine, opiates such as opium and codeine derivatives, amphetamines and methamphetamines, and phencyclidine (PCP).
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a truck accident caused by an impaired truck driver in California, you are going to want to get legal representation as soon as possible. An experienced attorney will know how to investigate your case and use the evidence to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
You will not have to pay the May Firm anything to handle your case until you get a financial award. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Impaired driving could include drunk driving or high driving. Either form of impaired driving could lead to a driver possible causing any one of a number of truck accidents.
Some of the most common kinds of crashes caused by impaired driving include, but are not limited to:
When a commercial truck accident stems from impaired driving, the truck driver could face criminal charges. It is important to understand that a criminal case is completely separate from a civil action, so a driver who avoids a criminal conviction can still be be held civilly liable.
Perhaps the most famous example is the case of former pro football star O.J. Simpson. He was acquitted of murder in the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1995 but was found liable for their wrongful deaths just two years later and ordered to pay $8.5 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages to the families.
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Accidents caused by impaired truck drivers will frequently result in life-changing injuries. In some cases, people will die from their injuries.
When a person is killed in a truck accident caused by an impaired driver, both the driver and the trucking company could be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit. The family members of the deceased person are the people who can file these actions.
In other cases, injuries can include, but are not limited to:
Always be sure to receive medical attention after any truck accident. You want to be sure that all injuries are properly treated as soon as you suffer them, and delaying treatment will lead to an insurance company possibly claiming you did not treat the injuries properly or that you are exaggerating your injury claims.
Did you sustain serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a truck accident in California caused by an impaired truck driver? Do not wait to get the May Firm involved in your case.
Our firm will diligently investigate your crash and use all of the evidence to help you recover full and fair compensation. We can answer all of your legal questions as soon as you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.
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