Atlanta DUI Truck Accident Victim Lawyers
Imagine you're behind the wheel driving. Your passenger vehicle weighs about 3,000 pounds. You see an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer barreling down the highway in your lane of traffic. How scary is that scene?
When a truck driver gets behind the wheel while intoxicated, it puts everyone on the road in serious risk of injury, or even death. Truck drivers who recklessly endanger others on the roadway by driving while impaired should be held accountable. And so should the employers who hired them.
The experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyers at the Grant Law Office have a track record of aggressively going after DUI drivers on behalf of injured victims and their families. We've seen the emotional and financial trauma DUI victims suffer as a result of these incidents. We're committed to helping them secure justice and the right financial compensation for their injuries, damages and losses.
When a commercial truck driver only has .02 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), he can experience a loss of judgment, decline in vision and a difficulty doing two tasks at the same time. When a truck driver has .05 percent BAC, they may lose muscle control, have reduced alertness, reduced coordination and difficulty steering.
The regular driver in a passenger car isn't considered over the legal limit until their BAC is at .08 percent or higher. Truck drivers in Georgia, are considered over the legal limit at .04 percent BAC. There is a reason this lower legal limit is in place for truck drivers. The law exists because they have the potential to cause much more damage in a crash. In fact, it's illegal for commercial truck drivers to consume alcohol or use intoxicating drugs or medications four hours before operating a truck.
Impaired truck drivers who cause accidents can face criminal charges and can lose their commercial driver's license, or CDL. These types of consequences don't automatically result in financial compensation for the victims and their families. In such cases, the at-fault truck driver and their employer can be held responsible for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation, and many other related damages.
In order to receive financial compensation you need for all of your losses, you will have to prove that the at-fault driver was negligent and their negligence led to your injuries. If you show that the driver was intoxicated through a police report or other court documents, it could help greatly strengthen your case. However, you may still go forward with a civil personal injury claim even if no criminal charges were filed. The truck driver and their employer (the trucking firm or the distribution company) can also be held financially responsible. For example, if the driver's employer knew that the driver had prior DUIs on his record or if they failed to conduct sobriety testing, you could hold the company responsible for your losses as well.
The Atlanta DUI accident victim attorneys at the Grant Law Office can help prove your case and make sure that you are fairly and fully paid for your injuries, damages and losses. If you or a loved one has been injured, or if you have lost a loved one in a DUI truck accident, please contact us at (404) 995-3955 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
- What You Need To Know About Trucking DUI Laws
- Overview of Drug and Alcohol Rules - FMCSA
- Drunk Driving - NHTSA
- Alcohol and Drugs - IIHS
Contact us today for a free and comprehensive case evaluation.
We require no legal retainer or upfront fees,
and you pay nothing unless we prevail.
Phone: (404) 995-3955
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