Commercial truck drivers are held to higher driving standards than other drivers. A commercial vehicle driver is in violation of the law if their blood alcohol content level (BAC) is .04% or above, while a noncommercial driver may be cited for DUI with a .08% BAC. A truck driver will lose their commercial driver’s license for a minimum of one year if they receive a DUI while driving their personal vehicle. If you were injured in an accident caused by a trucker who was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may seek compensation for their reckless conduct. Shepard & Haven represents those who were harmed by drunk or drugged truck drivers.
Catastrophic Injuries Caused by Drunk and Drugged Truck Drivers
A commercial trucker driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can cause catastrophic injuries to innocent victims. A big-rig can haul loads of 70,000 or 80,000 pounds. Most cars weigh around 4,000 pounds and don’t stand a chance when struck by an 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer or other commercial truck. Catastrophic injuries include:
Compensation for Victims of Drunk Truck Drivers
If you were injured by a drunk or drugged trucker, it is your right to seek compensatory damages and in some cases punitive damages. Damages may include the following:
- Medical and hospital bills, as well as projected costs for medical treatment
- Pain and suffering – emotional and physical pain, discomfort
- Lost income and lost future income – calculated from the time of the accident forward
- Loss of enjoyment of life – inability to enjoy the normal day-to-day activities of life
- Loss of consortium – loss of sexual relations
- Property damage – may include vehicle repair or replacement
- Punitive damages – intended to punish the impaired driver and to deter similar conduct in others
Free Case Review with Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney
As a plaintiff’s rights personal injury law firm, Shepard & Haven represents victims of motor vehicle accidents, including truck accidents and those who were injured by drunk and drugged truck drivers. Kenneth Shepard and Ronald Haven have each been practicing law for more than 35 years and as skilled negotiators and litigators, they will seek the maximum amount of compensation possible for your injuries. There are no fees unless your case is successfully settled or won in court. To schedule a complimentary consultation, call The Law Offices of Shepard & Haven at 916-877-9443.