New Jersey DWI Truck Crash Attorneys
Collisions Caused by Intoxicated Truck Drivers
Driving while intoxicated is a selfish thing to do. It puts others at risk unnecessarily. It also jeopardizes the safety of everyone on the road and can lead to fatal collisions that are avoidable. When a person chooses to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking or while impaired by illegal or prescription drugs, they are taking a three-ton weapon onto the road. When a truck driver chooses to drive while intoxicated, that weapon can weigh more than 40 tons, or 80,000 pounds. A New Jersey semi-truck accident can easily destroy a passenger car and the lives of anyone in it.
Driving While Intoxicated in NJ
Alcohol is the most obvious intoxicating substance when talking about driving under the influence or driving while impaired. Alcohol dulls the senses, makes reaction times longer and impairs judgment. It is illegal to drive any vehicle with a blood alcohol content level of .08 percent or higher.
Drugs are obviously dangerous for truck drivers to indulge in before driving. While taking these drugs even outside work hours is illegal, it is even more dangerous when drivers engage in this illegal behavior before getting behind the wheel.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
Prescription medication, even when taken according to doctor's directions, can cause drowsiness, sometimes to the point where reaction time and judgment are impaired. Just because a medication is legal and prescribed, does not mean it is safe to drive while under its influence. Many prescription drugs have drowsiness warnings on the label. Truck drivers may think they can push through the drowsiness or that it will not affect them enough to compromise their driving. Then, they find out when it is too late that they could not focus well enough.
NJ Truck Company Responsibility
While trucking companies take precautions to minimize the risk of drivers operating a large truck while under the influence, they are ultimately still responsible for the drivers' actions. Most companies have rules against hiring truck drivers who have had recent driving under the influence convictions. But most companies will hire drivers after ten years with a clean driving record or even as few as five years. While this limits the likelihood of hiring a driver who is prone to impaired driving, it does not eliminate the chance nor does it go far enough to keep previous offenders out of driving these massive vehicles.
Blood Alcohol Content
The rules for truckers are even stricter than they are for regular drivers. At .04, the legal limit for blood alcohol content is half the limit for other drivers, which is .08. A truck driver convicted of driving under the influence in New Jersey will lose their commercial license for at least one year on a first offense and permanently after that. Even one year off the road can ruin a trucking career. These tough guidelines make driving under the influence a rarity in commercial trucking, but that does not make life after a DUI truck collision any easier for injured victims.
Call our New Jersey DWI Truck Accident Attorneys at (609) 240-0040 If You've Been Hurt by a Drunk Trucker
At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our NJ DWI crash lawyers understand that if you or a loved one was seriously injured in a DUI truck accident, you are probably feeling overwhelmed. The task of fighting the trucking company or insurance company to compensate for medical bills, time off work and other losses can be complicated. You need dedicated and competent legal representation at this time.
We take care of you and your family by investigating any possible wrongdoing that could have caused the crash, including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We will aggressively seek compensation from all possible sources for your injuries or your loved one's death. Call now for a no-obligation case evaluation with a skilled New Jersey truck accident attorney.
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