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The Serious Problem of Impaired Truck Drivers

The Serious Problem of Impaired Truck Drivers

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Drunk driving is always serious, however, it’s even more serious when the drunk driver is behind the wheel of a big rig. An experienced attorney can help the insurance company take your resulting injuries seriously so that you get the compensation you are entitled to receive.

In the United States, alcohol consumption frequently contributes to motor vehicle accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that more than one-quarter of all U.S. traffic fatalities involve intoxicated drivers in any given year. Impaired drivers are an ever-present danger on roads in the U.S. Sadly, their selfish and thoughtless actions obliterate thousands of lives each year with the physical, financial, and emotional pain they put innocent victims and their families through. 

What’s even more concerning than an intoxicated driver is an intoxicated truck driver. Even without alcohol involvement, trucks are prone to causing more severe accidents and injuries than their smaller counterparts. Impaired truck drivers pose much more of a risk to those on the road than any other type of impaired driver. If you or a loved one has already suffered at the hands of an impaired truck driver, it’s time to speak to a Huntsville truck accident lawyer today to discuss your recovery options.

Why Drunk Truck Drivers are Dangerous

What happens when a trucker partakes in a few drinks and decides to get behind the wheel of their big rig? It’s crucial to note that being a truck driver doesn’t make anyone less vulnerable to the dangerous effects of alcohol. The effects of alcohol impairment on truck drivers include:

  1. Decreased reaction times
  2. Impaired judgment and decision-making
  3. Reduced motor control
  4. Blurry or otherwise altered vision
  5. Lower inhibitions against risky behaviors

The dangerous effects of alcohol impairment may result in:

  1. An increased stopping distance 
  2. An inability to recognize and obey applicable road signage and other traffic control measures
  3. Swerving, weaving, and running off the road
  4. The failure to detect other vehicles or pedestrians
  5. Speeding, dangerous passing, and other aggressive driving maneuvers

It’s easy to see why driving while impaired by alcohol substantially increases the risks of catastrophic accidents. These accidents not only take lives, but they can also cause immense physical and emotional pain and leave someone with the inability to function independently. Victims can also be left with disfigurement and scarring. Many seek the assistance of a skilled Huntsville truck accident attorney to obtain the compensation they deserve for such severe injuries. 

Won’t the Criminal Justice System Seek Justice on My Behalf?

Drunk driving is illegal. Truck drivers who are caught driving while impaired, especially those who injure or kill someone, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of Alabama law. However, the criminal charges they face won’t pay for your economic and or non-economic damages. You need a compassionate Huntsville truck accident attorney on your side who will fight on your behalf. A drunk driving or other serious conviction won’t cure your injuries, and neither will fair compensation for your claim. However, when you receive such compensation, you can rebuild your life as much as possible.

Injured by an Impaired Truck Driver? Call an Experienced Huntsville Truck Accident Lawyer Today

Don’t wait to get help after being injured in a truck accident involving an impaired driver. Schedule your case review with an experienced Huntsville truck accident attorney by calling Cloud, Ryan & Rouse today at 256-801-1000 or using our quick and easy online contact form.

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