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DUI Trucking Accident Attorneys in Atlanta

Handling Your Complex Commercial Injury Claim

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, regulates the trucking industry. This includes regulations regarding use of alcohol and drugs while driving. There are no exceptions when it comes to drivers who operate vehicles under the influence, but this is especially true as it pertains to commercial truck drivers. Commercial trucks are often larger and heavier, which increases their momentum. Combining these factors with a driver who is under the influence creates an extremely dangerous situation.

Despite these strict regulations, accidents do still occur. When they do, the consequences can be devastating. If you were injured or had a loved one killed in a trucking accident involving DUI, Jenkins Utley, P.C. can help. Our dedicated Atlanta trucking accident attorneys have more than 16 years of combined experience and we provide each and every client with the compassionate guidance and aggressive advocacy they need.

Call us at (404) 334-3013 to speak with an attorney about your case today. We offer free initial case evaluations for all new and potential clients.

DUI Trucking Laws in Georgia

Across the country, there are laws in place to protect against and prevent DUIs. Here’s an easy breakdown of some of them:

  • Blood Alcohol Content: You probably know that to drive home from a party or bar safely and legally, your blood alcohol content (or BAC) needs to be below 0.08 percent. For drivers of commercial vehicles, the rules are stricter, and rightly so. To operate a commercial vehicle of any sort, your BAC must be below 0.04 percent. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in commercial driver’s license disqualification and potential suspensions, fines, criminal charges, and sentencing. Additionally, if a commercial vehicle driver has a detectable BAC, but it is under 0.04 percent, they will be out of service for 24 hours. Drivers of commercial vehicles are not allowed to consume alcohol for four hours before they drive.
  • Implied Consent: If a police officer pulls a commercial vehicle driver over and has reason to believe they are intoxicated, implied consent comes into play. This means that by operating a vehicle in a way that would make an officer think they’re under the influence, the driver is obligated to consent to a breath, blood, or urine BAC test. If the driver refuses, they will face a court appearance and license suspensions.
  • Open Container: Having an open container of a drink containing alcohol in a moving vehicle is illegal in the state of Georgia. This includes empty containers and containers with broken seals. Violation of this law will result in fines.

What to Do After a DUI Trucking Accident

Truck accidents are often very serious, resulting in excessive damage to vehicles, bodily harm, and sometimes death. If you have been involved in a truck driving accident and believe the truck driver is under the influence, contact the police immediately. The driver may be subject to a sobriety test, drug testing, and further investigation. Their employer may also undergo investigation as a responsible party in the accident.

If possible, take photos of any evidence at the scene of the accident. This evidence may include damage to property, injuries, all vehicles involved, and more. Obtain a copy of the police report and ensure that it describes accurately what transpired.

We Aggressively Advocate for Your Rights

The trucking industry is represented by experienced, unrelenting legal defense teams across the country. If you have been harmed due to the carelessness or recklessness of a drunk truck driver, contact the compassionate and experienced Atlanta trucking accident attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C.. We offer free case evaluations during your initial consultation. You can rely on our legal team to litigate your trucking accident case and represent you against the trucking industry.

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