Collisions between passenger vehicles and semi-trucks can be extremely dangerous, in great part due to the semi-truck’s immense size and weight. Trucking accidents can lead to serious personal injuries and even death. However, the risk of serious injuries rise drastically when alcohol is also involved.
Recently, according to AZ Family, a semi-truck driver was arrested after a collision killed a pedestrian hit by the truck. The truck driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The collision is still under investigation due to the question of the driver’s impairment and that the road had no crosswalk and was not well-lit.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration completed a study called the Large Truck Crash Causation Study to examine the reasons for serious collisions involving large trucks. The study examined 141,000 large trucks in the study period of April 2001 to December 2003. From these trucks that were studied, 4,000 were observed to have factors of illegal drugs and alcohol associated with the crash. Although this only makes up 4% of the crashes studied (where as brake problems and driving too fast makes up a combined 52% of factors), driving under the influence still results in serious injuries or fatalities when they do occur.
While it is fortunate that most semi-truck drivers are responsible and do not use drugs and alcohol while driving trucks for their employers, alcohol and drug-related accidents do happen and the legal system helps victims recover compensation and hold negligent and reckless drivers accountable. Large verdicts and settlements set examples and send the message to owners and operators that such risky and dangerous behavior is not tolerated under the law and will not go unnoticed.
Our lawyers remind all trucking companies and drivers that driving under the influence while operating a semi-truck is a serious offense and should not be treated lightly. Alcohol related fatalities are so significant because unlike some accidents, they are always preventable and never acceptable. While some minor motor vehicle accidents are more common and less avoidable, those that are the result of driving impaired are never excusable and never should occur. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an alcohol-related accident, do not hesitate to contact our firm for a free consultation. We can listen to your concerns and help determine the best options for you.