Large, heavy trucks present a real danger to other motorists whether they are encountered on busy freeways or along rural highways cutting across mountains and farmland. The most important duty for truck drivers is always to keep those big rigs under control.
That control can be hard to maintain when big rig drivers choose to get behind the wheel while impaired. A giant, 80,000 lb truck becomes a potentially deadly weapon when someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol is driving.
Earning Assistance for DUI Truck Accident Victims in California
Victims and their families can have their lives turned upside down by a drunk driver at the wheel of a giant 18-wheeler or box truck. Any collision involving one of these big vehicles can cause devastating injuries for other drivers and their passengers.
Martin Gasparian founded Maison Law to protect the rights of people facing long, difficult recoveries over injuries suffered in an accident they weren’t to blame for. When a big rig driver facing DUI charges is responsible for a terrible crash, victims may have to face off against more than one insurance provider to get help with their medical bills and lost wages.
Mr. Gasparian will go head-to-head with unhelpful insurance adjusters and secure the most compensation possible for victims and their families. Contact our offices for a case evaluation that comes at no charge or obligation to you.
Big Rig Driver Drug and Alcohol Tests
Truck drivers are subjected to stricter restrictions and testing when it comes to the hazards of driving under the influence. Yet, somehow there are still thousands of truck accidents involving DUI every year.
While the drivers of passenger vehicles and motorcycles will face DUI charges for a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08% or over, truck drivers must be even more careful. Professional truck drivers can test for a BAC of only .04% and be arrested.
Drug testing is also enforced. Drivers with CDL licenses (Commerical Drivers Licenses) have mandatory tests when they start a new job and then randomly each year. These tests usually screen for cocaine, THC, amphetamines, opiates, and PCP. This isn’t always the end of the testing though. Many trucking companies go further and test their big rig drivers more often.
Truck Accident Liability In California DUI Accidents
Truck drivers facing DUI charges will be in criminal court answering for their actions. The good news is the criminal charges don’t affect the civil case a victim can bring against a truck driver. The claim can move forward no matter where the criminal trial stands.
However, the victims of big rig accidents face a complex path to receiving compensation to help them recover physically and financially. If you or a family member is injured, there can be several insurance companies called upon to provide support.
A truck driver carries commercial insurance coverage that they might pay for themselves. If they work for a trucking company, the employer may pay for this insurance or provide further insurance covering the driver.
A national corporation may be contracting out a local company or using a truck staffing agency. In this case, the corporation could be forced to accept some liability for your injury. A personal injury lawyer is an expert in these types of confusing cases. Your attorney can help you determine if multiple parties may have to pay towards your recovery.
When insurance companies seem to prefer avoiding you rather than providing support, your personal injury lawyer can turn up the pressure on them to do the right thing.
Your big rig accident lawyer will be gathering evidence on the accident scene and securing witness testimony. Your lawyer can also pry into the DUI driver’s past records to show that a trucking company was perhaps more than negligent in a collision:
- Employee’s Driving Record – Has the driver had drug or reckless driving violations or arrests in the past? Should the driver have a driver’s license?
- Trucking Company Hiring Practices – Investigating to see if proper background checks were made. Should the company have hired this driver?
- Trucking Company Safety – Were the proper drug tests administered? Does the company provide enough safety and prevention training?
All of these factors and more can put public pressure on a negligent company or corporation to support the victims of their truck driver.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer Serving California Victims
Impaired truck drivers can do incredible amounts of damage and threaten many lives on our freeways and streets. If you or a loved one are a victim of a drunk driver behind the wheel of a big rig, don’t accept anything short of maximum compensation for your hardships.
Insurance adjusters for drivers and local companies, as well as corporate lawyers, may try to rob you of the compensation you should be getting. Mr. Gasparian will make sure they are called out on these bad faith practices and are held absolutely accountable.