Trucks or commercial vehicles are the largest vehicles on the roads. Due to this high risk, a commercial driver who gets behind the wheel when intoxicated or under the influence of any drug is putting many lives in danger. If a commercial truck is involved in an accident serious injuries or even death can result from the accident.
Like any other driver on the road, no driver shall:
- Be on duty and possess, be under the influence of, or use, any drugs or other substances.
- Use alcohol, or be under the influence of alcohol within four hours of operating or having physical control of a commercial motor vehicle
- Use alcohol, be under the influence of alcohol, or have any alcohol concentration detected, while on duty or driving a commercial truck.
When it comes to drinking or being under the influence of any drug, and driving a large truck, Colorado State law regulations enforces a zero tolerance law. There are serious penalties enforced upon truck drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs and operated a commercial vehicle. The consequences are worsened if their negligent act caused an accident, and someone was seriously injured. Penalties are worse than if a person driving a car cased an accident because a truck can do more harm if involved in a drug or alcohol related accident.
Alcohol- Related Trucking Accidents
For whatever the reason might be, trucker driving while intoxicated is a frequent occurrence. It could be the pressure of the deadlines or the long boring hours on the road. Either way, it is against the law. The laws clearly take a clear stand on this issue. There is no excuse for a truck driver to drive drunk and put others at risk. If you or someone you know has been injured in an alcohol-related trucking accident you should be fully compensated for your injuries and losses.
Drug- Related Trucking Accidents
With long hours on the road, truck drivers frequently use drugs. Some claim that it is because of the high-pressures they are faced with, or that they need to fight off driver fatigue. No matter what the reason is, it is against the law. If you have been injured in a drug-related trucking accident, it is important that you gain all the compensation of your injuries, bills and losses.
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The most important step for you to take after you have been involved in a drug or alcohol related accident is to understand your rights, your options and the legal process. The best way to do this is to contact an experienced lawyer in your area. We are familiar with all areas of the law relating to truck accidents, and can help you to get back on your feet after a drug or alcohol related truck accident.