Unfortunately, drivers across the country take to our roads everyday under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This can make for a deadly and dangerous situation for any driver, especially those sharing the road with an intoxicated commercial truck driver. Because of the large size and weight of most commercial vehicles, a truck accident can have more serious consequences than collisions with regular-sized cars. Truck drivers have an extended responsibility to ensure that they operate their trucks carefully and in accordance with the law. This includes refraining from the use of drugs and alcohol when behind the wheel. However, many drivers make the decision to put their lives and the lives of others on the road at risk by driving under the influence.
This is why the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires that any driver involved in a truck accident must be given an alcohol test within two hours and a controlled substances test within 32 hours following the incident. Not only is it important to hold a negligent truck driver accountable for their actions, but also a post-accident test can provide you with evidence you’ll need if you plan to pursue legal action.
Being involved in a truck accident with a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have devastating consequences. Death or serious injuries to the head, brain, spinal cord and internal organs can all occur in this type of accident. If you were hurt in a truck accident, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the driver for your injuries. Having a driver tested after the accident can strengthen your case and increase your odds of a favorable outcome. Not sure how to gain access to this testing or how to use it in your claim? A Clarksburg truck accident attorney can request the results of post-accident testing and work with you to file a claim.
Let the team at The Miley Legal Group handle the interactions with the trucking company while you focus on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back together after the accident. Contact us today for information about how to get started – (304) 326-1800.