We have all driven around unsafe drivers in Georgia, including aggressive drivers, negligent drivers participating in distracted driving behaviors, and even drunk drivers. Unfortunately, there are many drivers on the roads in Powder Springs who are unsafe. that we need to watch out for. Just as there are dangerous drivers of passenger vehicles, there also are negligent truck drivers who participate in these behaviors.
When a truck driver engages in unsafe driving, serious Powder Springs truck wrecks and fatal car crashes may occur. Unsafe and negligent driving for truckers can include:
Distracted driving (texting, reading, selecting music, etc.);
Driving under the influence of drugs or prescription medications;
Driving without taking proper breaks.
If a trucker participates in any one of these actions, it can be dangerous for other innocent drivers on the road, especially if driving under the influence. Drunk driving is an actual problem facing the trucking industry, and it continues to be a problem facing the nation.
What is being done about it?
The responsibility for sober driving is up to each individual truck driver. However, the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) has identified specific times that a commercial truck driver is required to be tested for alcohol or drugs. These times include: pre-employment, for new drivers within 30 days of being hired; after an accident, for truckers involved in an accident that ended in an injury or fatality; randomly, for truckers to be tested at different random times; and if there isreasonable suspicion, for truckers who appear to smell of alcohol or behave intoxicated.
Because truckers drive bigger vehicles that are harder to control, the blood alcohol content (BAC) level is lower for truck drivers in Georgia than drivers of passenger vehicles. Commercial truck drivers cannot drive with a BAC higher than .04 percent. Since trucks weigh several tons, they can create a lot of damage and destruction if they are involved in a Powder Springs truck crash. For this reason, the DOT is asking truckers to comply with its alcohol and drug policy.
Although there are rules in place, there are still truckers who drink and drive on Georgia roads and endanger innocent people. If you have been injured by a negligent trucker who caused your Powder Springs truck and car accident, please contact an experienced Powder Springs, Georgia truck accident attorney, who will do everything to preserve the evidence and fight for your rights in order to maximize your settlement.