Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is against the law in California, yet every day, 28 people across the country die in alcohol-related vehicle crashes. Indeed, the financial impact resulting from impaired driving costs the US economy around $52 billion per year.
There is no debate that driving under the influence is dangerous for all drivers. Whether you drive a sedan, sports car, truck, or motorcycle, the risks associated with drunk driving or drugged driver are serious. Drivers who have had too much to drink put others in danger, but it is especially dangerous for truck drivers to engage in this type of reckless behavior. The sheer size and mass of commercial trucks can make them deadly machines, as the average truck weighs 20-30 times the typical passenger vehicle. Unfortunately, innocent victims are injured in truck accidents in Whittier and throughout Los Angeles all too often. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident caused by drunk trunk driver, contact an experienced accident lawyer to discuss your legal rights.
Substance Abuse Among Truck Drivers
Truckers are required to spend an inordinate number of hours on the open road, often up to 70 hours a week. Not surprisingly, fatigue and boredom often takes over and in order to keep their eyes on the road and make deadlines, truck drivers often turn to drugs and alcohol. Numerous studies show that truckers rely on alcohol, amphetamines, cocaine, and marijuana to make it through their long driving shifts, even though there are laws in place that are aimed at limiting how long truck drivers can drive without taking breaks. Unfortunately, some drivers break these rules, sometimes with the encouragement of their employers. With this in mind, it is important to note that employers can be often be held liable for the financial damages caused by an inebriated truck driver.
Truck Driver Accidents & Financial Recovery
Truck driver accidents can cause serious and long-lasting injuries to the victims involved in these crashes. Injuries like broken bones, concussions, even paralysis and death. If a trucker causes an accident where another driver, pedestrian, motorcyclist, or cyclist is injured, no matter how seemingly serious or not, the trucker should be held liable for the damages he causes. This means that the injured accident victim can recover financial compensation from the trucker and, in some case, their employer for:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional suffering
- Lost wages
- Future wages
And other compensatory damages. For more information on what to do after you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, contact the experienced and proven truck Whittier accident attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm today.