It is illegal for anyone in the state of Georgia to drive a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Because they tend to operate larger, heavier vehicles than average automobiles, commercial driver’s license holders—including semi-truck drivers—are held to stricter standards. Whereas the legal intoxication limit for passenger vehicle operators is 0.08% blood alcohol content (BAC), the limit for commercial drivers in Georgia is just 0.04% BAC. Intoxication is not only limited to alcohol consumption; use of prescribed drugs and/or illicit substance can also result in impairment, as well as civil and criminal consequences.
If a truck driver makes the decision to drive while intoxicated, he is putting other motorists at risk. At Monge & Associates, we do not tolerate any type of negligence, including drunk driving. Our Atlanta truck accident attorneys understand how to navigate these types of complex cases; we are prepared to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we can come to you.
If you were involved in a truck accident caused by an impaired truck driver, contact our office for a free settlement review. We can be reached online or by phone at (800) 860-8021.
Who Is Liable for a Drunk Truck Driver Accident?
While it may seem fairly obvious that the individual who made the choice to operate a commercial vehicle while intoxicated is at fault for the accident, the truck driver may actually be one of multiple liable parties. Because truck drivers are part of a larger business operation, there may be other people involved who can be held responsible.
If you were injured by an impaired truck driver, any of the following parties may be partially liable for your injuries and losses:
- The truck driver
- The driver’s direct or indirect supervisor
- The trucking company/employer
Why might the truck driver’s employer be responsible for the driver’s decision to drive drunk? The theory of respondeat superior, also known as “vicarious liability,” states that an employer is at least partially responsible for the actions of his/her employees while the employees are acting within the “scope of employment.” In other words, employers are often held liable for the actions and behavior of their employees while the employees are carrying out the duties required by the employer. This may lead to the trucking company or a supervisor being liable for the damages caused by an impaired truck driver.
Dedicated to Your Fair Recovery
Truck drivers that drive while intoxicated face severe consequences, including commercial driver’s license suspension, fines, and even jail time. Despite this, however, many drivers continue to make the decision to drive while impaired. In certain cases, pressure from trucking companies to meet strict deadlines and unrealistic quotas may cause truck drivers to turn to stimulants to allow them to drive for longer periods of time. Regardless of the reason, impaired driving can and often does have terrible consequences.
If you were hit by an impaired truck driver or you lost a loved one in a devastating truck accident, our firm can help. Since 1993, we have been helping clients throughout Georgia and the United States seek the fair recovery they deserved. We understand the intricacies involved in these types of cases and we know how to win. We even guarantee that you will receive a higher settlement offer than you had before hiring us—or you pay nothing. We all guarantee complete client satisfaction. If you are not entirely happy with the way you are treated within the first 30 days of hiring us, you do not have to pay us a dime. We offer contingent fees and free consultations, meaning there is no upfront cost for you and nothing to lose by calling our legal team.
Call (800) 860-8021 or contact Monge & Associates online to schedule your complimentary case evaluation today.