Driving under the influence is incredibly irresponsible and dangerous for any drivers, but the danger increases tremendously when truck drivers use drugs or alcohol behind the wheel. DUI accidents are more likely to cause property damage, severe injuries, and death. Truck drivers have a duty of care to operate their vehicles safely while following all applicable industry regulations and laws regarding rest, hours of service, and proper conduct behind the wheel.
When truck drivers drive their vehicles under the influence, they risk extreme and even fatal harm to other drivers. They will more than likely incur criminal charges in addition to facing civil actions from injured victims.
The team at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP believes in holding irresponsible drivers accountable for the damages and injuries they cause. Truck drivers who engage in DUI in the state of Georgia face the state’s punishments:
Police officers will pull over suspected drunk drivers and administer a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test to determine whether or not the suspect is under the influence of alcohol. While the legal limit for blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08% for most drivers, for commercial drivers the limit is only .04%. Additionally, having a BAC reading over .15% increases the aforementioned penalties for a DUI conviction, even a first offense.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries or other damages due to a DUI trucking accident in Atlanta or anywhere else in Georgia, it’s crucial to know where to turn for help and what options you have available for recovering compensation. Truck accidents are dangerous and often leave severe or fatal wounds on those involved.
The right attorney can help injured plaintiffs recover compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damages, and lost income. Additionally, some judges may feel inclined to award punitive damages for grossly negligent behavior. As the name implies, punitive damages exist to punish individuals who commit dangerous or negligent acts and to deter them or others from engaging in similar behavior in the future.
The team at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP understands the complexities involved in representing victims of DUI truck accidents, so reach out to our team if you’d like to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys. We’ll examine the details of your situation and let you know what kind of compensation you might expect from a lawsuit.