Seasoned Kentucky Attorneys Holding Drunk Truck Drivers Responsible when Accidents Occur
Demanding full compensation when driving under the influence causes harm
There is no excuse for driving while intoxicated or under the influence of narcotics. The dangers of drunk driving are well known, and the consequences—criminal penalties and civil legal claims—are quite severe. Statistics overwhelmingly indicate that driving a truck or any vehicle after having liquor can kill or cause catastrophic injuries to the driver and others on the road. Data from the Centers for Disease Control show that over 2,000 people were killed by a drunk driver in Kentucky between 2003 and 2012. The rate of death involving drunk drivers in Kentucky was above the national average in every age group.
The Kentucky driving while intoxicated accident lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law work with the police and local law enforcement to help prove a truck driver drove a truck while drunk. We also conduct investigations when necessary. Drunk driving causes the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle and to fail to react to oncoming dangers. Our auto accident lawyers fight to hold the drunk driver accountable for his or her irresponsible behavior. We also work to hold any entity that knowingly served the driver liquor while he or she was intoxicated accountable, or who let the drunk driver get behind the truck or semi wheel. Our track record of success includes large wrongful death claims and injury claims before juries and through artful negotiations.
Why commercial drivers are held to a high drunk driving standard
Most Kentucky drivers are allowed by law to have some liquor in their blood system and still drive. The legal limit for most adult car drivers is .08. This number is the blood alcohol level limit for deciding if a person should be charged with the crime of driving while intoxicated. Drivers who consume too many beers or too much liquor of any sort are likely to be over this limit when stopped by a law enforcement officer.
Our Kentucky drunk driving accident attorneys understand that commercial drivers are held to a tougher standard. If they are found with a breath or blood test result of just .04, the driver will likely lose his or her commercial driver’s license. This tough standard is part of the law to make extra sure truck drivers do not drive while drunk. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also requires that commercial truck drivers who have just one drink with liquor stay away from their truck for at least four hours.
Our Crandall & Pera Law lawyers use drunk driving convictions to help prove fault. We work to show the driver failed his or her breath or blood test. Even in cases where the driver passed the chemical test, our lawyers work to show the combination of alcohol and traffic error caused the injuries to our client or the death of a family member.
Who is responsible for drunk driving truck accidents?
Our Kentucky drunk driving accident lawyers bring wrongful death claims when someone is killed due to drunk driving. We demand full compensation for any injuries, including permanent injuries and catastrophic injuries, which are all too common in DUI truck crashes. Our lawyers bring claims against all responsible parties. The entities we demand to be held accountable for drunk driving negligence include:
- The driver of the truck. The truck driver is usually the primary person responsible for a truck driving accident.
- The owner of the truck. Often, the owner of the truck is someone other than the truck driver. Truck owners have a duty to educate and supervise their drivers about driving while intoxicated.
- The trucking company that hired the truck driver. This entity is usually the company that owns that truck. In some cases, a trucking company will lease a truck from the owner and then hire its own driver. In this case, the driver, the truck owner, and the trucking company can all be held accountable.
- A bar or tavern that served the truck driver. Dram shop laws require that entities that regularly serve liquor make sure they do not serve someone who is reasonably or certainly intoxicated.
- A social host. If a truck driver was served liquor at a social gathering of any sort, the host may be responsible if the driver drinks and drives.
Contact an experienced Kentucky DUI truck accident lawyer today
Our Kentucky truck accident lawyers have the experience and resources injured victims and families we need. We bring the right claims in the right courts. Our legal team understands what evidence is necessary to prove someone drove while intoxicated. We persuasively argue for full compensation for the intolerable wrong of drunk driving. Please call us to discuss your case at 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form. We see clients in Louisville and Lexington, and across Kentucky.