Truck drivers carry an immense responsibility. They operate vehicles easily weighing 10 to 20 times as much as typical passenger cars, and they may carry hazardous or extremely heavy cargo that could present a considerable hazard if it shifts or falls during transport.
Because commercial trucks pose real dangers on our roads, drivers must comply with stiff regulations when it comes to training, licensing, and also drug and alcohol use. Truck drivers are held to a higher standard when it comes to drinking and driving and may be arrested for driving with half of the legal limit imposed on other drivers. They must also undergo routine and random drug and alcohol testing.
According to regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), commercial truck drivers who drive for private companies, governments, and church or civic organizations must:
These regulations are strict, and for good reason. As dramatic an impact alcohol or drugs (even prescription or over-the-counter medication) can have on any person, a commercial truck driver has an immensely difficult task in operating such a large and heavy vehicle when under the influence. A single mistake could result in a catastrophic collision that leaves others seriously injured or even claims their lives.
At The Daspit Law Firm, we represent clients across Houston and Texas who have been injured in truck accidents. With our knowledge of state and federal trucking regulations and the resources to investigate these collisions, we can identify violations of regulations, driver misconduct, and trucking company wrongdoing to hold at-fault parties accountable. For more information, contact a personal injury lawyer from our firm for a free consultation.
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