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Impaired Truck Driver Accidents

Each year thousands of motorists and big rig drivers are killed or maimed by the negligent operation of trucks. One of the most common and deplorable characteristics of these fatal accidents is the impairment of the driver. In 1999, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that 30 percent of all traffic deaths occurred in accidents in which at least one driver or non-occupant has a BAC of .10 or higher and at least some alcohol was present in 38% of all fatal crashes – an especially sobering statistic in relation to trucking accidents.

Unfortunately, alcohol is not the only deadly substance that leads to these kinds of accidents. A study by the Insurance Institute for Traffic Safety (IITS) of interstate tractor-trailer drivers found that 15% of all drivers had marijuana, 12% had non-prescription stimulants, 5% had prescription stimulants, 2% had cocaine, and less than 1% had alcohol in their systems. Due to the intense pressure for time efficiency, a National Transportation Safety Board investigation of fatal truck accidents found that stimulants were the most frequently unidentified (15%) drug class among fatally injured truck drivers.

Driving while intoxicated is inexcusable and deadly, and the risks are amplified for truck drivers. If you’ve been injured by an accident due to an impaired truck driver, you deserve to be rightly compensated for your traumatic experience. Experienced truck accident lawyers can help you maximize the reparations that you receive for your suffering.

If you were involved in a commercial vehicle or truck accident, call the Traub Law Office at (512) 246-9191 to speak to an experienced truck accident attorney today.

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