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Truck Accidents Due to Drug and Alcohol Use

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If a truck driver uses drugs and alcohol, they’re putting other travelers’ lives in danger. Truck driver alcohol and drug abuse is a serious problem for Arizona travelers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 3% of truck drivers involved in fatal accidents had alcohol in their system.  Another 2% of drivers had blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 percent or higher.

Semi-truck driving can be difficult, and these complex machines can weigh over 80,000 pounds. Alcohol can negatively influence driving ability, and that’s why it’s imperative for truck drivers to be drug and alcohol-free. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident due to drug and alcohol use, you could be entitled to personal injury damages. 

Arizona ​​DUI Limits and Regulations

DUI is an abbreviation for Driving Under the Influence. Since it is illegal for motorists to be under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, truck drivers with a high blood-alcohol level can be charged with a DUI.

According to Arizona law, if a truck driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, it’s illegal to operate a commercial vehicle. If a driver has a BAC of 0.15 or higher, it is classified as an extreme case of DUI. The higher a driver’s BAC, the higher the chances of them being in a truck DUI accident.

Drug & Alcohol Violations for Truck Drivers

The FMCSA understands the dangers of drinking and driving; that’s why truck drivers can be disqualified for drug and alcohol-related offenses. The first conviction of truck driving DUI is up to a year’s suspension. A DUI conviction can warrant a three years suspension when drivers transport hazardous materials.

Truck drivers can have their license suspended for life if they commit a felony while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Licensed commercial truck drivers have to undergo pre-employment drug and alcohol screening and post-accident screening as well. 

Arizona Truck Driving Law

Arizona commercial vehicle laws are in place because tractor-trailer accidents can have devastating effects. So what are the laws concerning DWI and AZ truck drivers? AZ laws prohibit a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than 0.04 for truck drivers. 

There’s also a prohibition on consuming alcohol four hours before driving. If you’re involved in a truck driving accident because of truck driver drug or alcohol use, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Consult with an experienced AZ personal injury attorney to protect your rights. 

Drunk Driving Truck Accident Liability

When a truck driving accident occurs, it’s important to call 911 for the police and emergency medical care. Afterward, calling a personal injury lawyer at an Arizona law firm can be beneficial. 

The truck accident lawyers at Wattel & York can help you gather the following vital evidence to support your truck accident claim:

  • The police accident report
  • Truck accident crash photos and videos
  • Medical records 
  • Eyewitness statements about the truck driver’s actions
  • Trucking company employment records
  • CCTV video surveillance from nearby businesses that may have captured the accident
  • Black box data from the truck

Drunk Driving Truck Accident Damages

Drunk driving truck accident victims are entitled to benefits according to Arizona law. If you were injured in an accident involving a drunk truck driver, a commercial vehicle accident attorney might be able to recover damages for:

  • Costs to repair or replace your vehicle
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Disfigurement, scarring, or permanent disability
  • Lost wages from time you missed from work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Payment for medical bills and future medical expenses
  • Reduced earning capacity in serious accident cases

Drunk truck driver accident victims could also be awarded punitive damages. Punitive damages could equate to several times the compensatory damages. Skillful truck accident lawyers can help you secure economic, non-economic, and punitive damages today. Sit down with an adept AZ truck accident lawyer at Wattel & York to learn more. 

Arizona Truck DUI Lawsuits

If you’re interested in recovering financial compensation, your legal team will need to prove negligence to recover your losses. The damages you recover will depend on the severity of your accident. However, if you’re able to prove the truck driver was intoxicated, it could improve the viability of your claim. 

Truck accident lawsuits can be complex due to the nature of commercial vehicles, their size, and the laws involved. Although a DUI accident claim may appear simple, there may be factors that complicate your claim. That is why retaining a lawyer with experience in commercial vehicle litigation can improve your chances of receiving a satisfactory outcome. 

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