Little Rock Truck Accidents Involving Alcohol and Drug Use
Everyone has heard that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Despite heavy media attention across the United States to limit impaired driving, in over 33% of all auto accidents, alcohol or drug use is a factor. As dangerous as impaired driving continues to be, the dangers escalate when a big rig truck is involved. Commercial truck drivers are under immense pressure to make their deliveries on time and to make as many deliveries as possible and some, unfortunately, turn to drugs or prescription medication thinking it will help them stay alert. However, impaired driving is consistently linked to negative side effects such as driver fatigue, vision impairment, and lowered reaction times. The Little Rock truck accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have been representing those injured in truck accidents involving alcohol and drug use for over 25 years. With a team of over 30 attorneys and of over 120 support staff members, NST has the resources to battle big trucking companies and provide each of our clients with the individual attention they deserve.Get Legal Help After a Truck Accident Involving Alcohol and Drug Use
It is against the law of all states for any driver to drive while intoxicated, and under Arkansas law, drivers may not operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. However, commercial truckers are also subject to federal regulations and held to a higher standard. Pursuant to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truckers are considered to be driving under the influence if they have a BAC of 0.04% or above. Driving while impaired is usually considered as a failure to drive safely and almost always will be enough to prove the driver acted negligently under the circumstances.
Not only could the impaired truck driver be held responsible for a truck accident involving alcohol and drug use, but the trucking company could be as well. The FMCSA expects employers to conduct extensive background checks on all drivers during the hiring stage. If a driver has a history of driving while intoxicated or substance abuse, the employer could be held directly liable for that driver causing a wreck while driving drunk. Additionally, if the impaired driver was acting in the course and scope of his employment when the accident happened – even if the employer followed all the proper protocol in hiring the driver – the employer could be held vicariously liable for the driver’s negligence. There are many moving parts to a trucking accident case, with the possibility of multiple defendants and theories of liability.
For example, if a truck driver veers into your lane and strikes you head-on while you are on your way to the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport at 1 Airport Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202, and the truck driver is in the midst of making a delivery to a local business, the employer could be held responsible for the damages you suffered since the wreck occurred during the course and scope of employment. Generally, injured parties can recover both economic and non-economic damages after an accident. Economic damages are more objective losses (medical bills, lost wages, property damage, etc.) whereas non-economic damages are more subjective losses (pain and suffering, emotional distress, etc.). Furthermore, when drugs and alcohol are involved, a skilled truck accident lawyer in the Little Rock area will know that punitive damages can be pursued to punish the defendant for such egregious conduct.Retain a Knowledgeable Little Rock Lawyer Today
Driving while impaired or with a BAC above the legal limit is against the law – period. With the immense size and weight of a big rig, the damages that result are often catastrophic. Many times, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are left with disabling injuries that could affect them for a long time after the collision. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our personal injury attorneys serve injured victims in Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Tupelo, Jackson, Meridian, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, Caruthersville, and other communities in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Call our office toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our semi-truck collision attorneys. With our experience, resources, and commitment to our clients, NST is the way to go.