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Impaired Truck Drivers Hurt Innocent People
We rely on the trucking industry to deliver everything from produce to housewares, and passing a large truck on the highway is a normal part of everyday life. Most of the time, it’s easy to drive by a cargo truck without giving much thought to whether exhaustion or drugs have somehow impaired the driver.
With about three-and-a-half million truck drivers operating commercial tractor-trailers on U.S. roads, avoidable accidents are bound to happen—such as when a truck driver decides to operate a vehicle after consuming drugs or alcohol. In many cases, people whom drunk or high truckers have injured are entitled to compensation for their injuries, so victims should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. If an impaired truck driver hurt you, schedule a free case evaluation with the Abelson Law Firm as soon as you can.
Truck Driver Regulations
Driving a large commercial truck is a huge responsibility. An inexperienced or impaired driver puts everyone on the road in serious danger. To ensure the safety of everyone on the road, professional truck drivers face strict Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations regarding how long they can drive and under what conditions. All commercial trucking companies and drivers must abide by them or risk consequences.
Any driver caught operating a commercial truck while intoxicated or otherwise impaired faces severe penalties. Depending on the seriousness of the violation, an impaired truck driver could lose a CDL license to drive a commercial vehicle, incur a large fine, or even face jail time.
Unfortunately, drivers still make the choice to drive while tired or intoxicated, and they hurt innocent people as a result. When this occurs, victims should do everything they can to make sure they get the compensation they deserve—which starts by retaining an experienced lawyer.
Identifying an Impaired Truck Driver
In an ideal situation, you can drive down the road knowing that as long as you follow the speed limit and the traffic laws, you’ll arrive safely. Issues arise when other people don’t drive with the same mindset, especially if those drivers operate two- to five-ton machines. Consuming alcohol or drugs might impair truck drivers. So can driving longer than the legal hours of service.
To prevent an accident, become familiar with the key indicators of an impaired driver. These include but are not limited to drivers who:
- Clearly do not know that they are too close to the cars in front of them.
- Cannot stay in the correct lane. If you see a truck swerving in and out of a lane without a clear intention to actually change lanes, take this as a warning sign.
- Disregard the speed limit, driving at speeds significantly more than or less than the posted limit.
- Generally seem unaware of the traffic around them.
- Forget to turn on their lights when it’s dark out.
- Make abrupt and unexpected movements.
- Take a sharp turn much too quickly, even when signs indicate the vehicle should slow down.
- Slam on the brakes randomly and for no apparent reason.
Seeking Compensation After a Truck Accident
All truck drivers are responsible for following all relevant laws and regulations when it comes to operating their vehicles. If they ignore them and cause accidents, it is your right as the injured victim to seek justice.
Victims should retain an attorney who has successfully represented truck accident victims in the past because bringing a claim after an accident caused by an impaired truck driver can prove complicated. Often, truck accident cases involve more parties than cases only involving privately owned vehicles.
Insurance companies are quick to offer the lowest possible settlements in these cases. They may tempt you to accept this initial offer, but it’s to your benefit to wait until you have hired an attorney to review the details of your case. A lawyer can work to outline all of the current damages and help to demonstrate the anticipated future damages so that any settlement amount you accept will include your future losses. This is extremely important because once you accept a settlement, you probably cannot obtain any additional compensation for your accident.
Call or Email The Abelson Law Firm Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Washington, D.C. Truck Accident Attorney
A truck accident can devastate everyone involved. The sheer size of a truck puts every other vehicle on the road at a clear disadvantage when an accident happens. Finding out that the truck driver operated a vehicle while impaired makes the situation even worse, especially when you start to understand that driver could have easily avoided injuring you. Although there is nothing that you can do to reverse history, working with an experienced attorney who understands this type of claim can ease the financial burden.
Attorney Michael Abelson has years of experience working with clients who were injured due to reckless drivers and understands how to successfully navigate the complications of a commercial truck accident case. At The Abelson Law Firm, we will perform a thorough evaluation of the details of your case and suggest the best possible ways to proceed. Call today at (202) 331-0600 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.