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DUI Truck Accident - What Makes Them Different from DUI Automobile Accidents

Every year, hundreds of people die across the U.S. due to DUI accidents that are entirely preventable, and Georgia is no exception. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous for everyone on the road, especially when the intoxicated driver is operating a truck. Considerably larger and heavier than passenger cars, trucks—whether they are tank trucks, tractor trailers, or another form of heavy truck—pose a greater risk of injury.

Why DUI Trucking Accidents Are Different

The standards commercial drivers are held to in regard to DUI laws are stricter than they are for drivers of passenger vehicles. Individuals who drive commercial vehicles must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). If operating a commercial vehicle with a CDL, drivers cannot have a blood alcohol content (BAC) higher than 0.04 percent; drivers operating non-commercial vehicles must have a BAC under 0.08 percent. Additionally, drivers are not allowed to operate commercial vehicles if they have consumed alcohol within the past 4 hours.

If a commercial vehicle driver is convicted of a DUI, the driver must notify their employer within 30 days of the incident. This applies even if the commercial driver is in their own personal vehicle.

Common DUI Truck Accident Injuries

Just a few drinks can impair any driver’s motor skills and reaction time. Because of this impairment, drivers under the influence are less likely to be able to brake in time, resulting in injuries caused by high-speed impact with a very large vehicle. Broken bones, lacerations, spinal cord damage, blunt-force trauma, TBIs, and even death are all possible. Injuries seen in DUI trucking accidents tend to be more severe than those resulting from DUI car accidents largely because of the sheer size of the truck.

It is estimated that two out of every three drivers on the road will be involved in a DUI accident of some sort in their lifetime.

Contact Your Atlanta DUI Truck Accident Attorneys

Our firm has handled countless cases dealing with personal injury and property damage due to truck drivers who have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a DUI truck accident in Atlanta, do not hesitate to contact the experienced attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C.

Reach out to us online or by phone at (404) 334-3013 for your free case consultation.