Georgia Truck Accidents Caused by Impaired Drivers

Atlanta DUI Truck Accident Lawyers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has investigated the problem of truck drivers driving under the influence and found a somewhat mixed picture:

  • About 1 percent of truck drivers involved in truck crashes resulting in injury or death were legally drunk (above .08 blood alcohol content).
  • About 2 percent of truck drivers were using illegal drugs before an accident.
  • Some 36 percent of truck drivers were using one or more prescription or over-the-counter drugs that may affect performance.

Because legal drugs can have the same performance-decreasing effect as alcohol or illegal narcotics, any truck accident investigation needs to look into legal medication use as well.

If you were hurt or a family member was hurt or killed in a Georgia trucking accident, please contact an Atlanta DUI truck driver lawyer at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, or call 800-213-5343 for a free case evaluation.

The personal injury lawyers at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, have significant experience holding negligent drivers accountable for the harm they've caused. Our firm has proven time and again that we have the skill and the resources to prevail in trucking accident cases. We have secured top-dollar verdicts and settlements in personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits throughout Georgia and many other states throughout the country.

Our Georgia trucking accident lawyers work with experienced accident investigators who examine not only the condition of the vehicles and the roadway, but also the condition of the driver and the trucking company's records on drug and alcohol testing.

  • Does the driver have a bad driving record, with a history of moving violations?
  • Does the driver have any past or pending DUIs?
  • Does the driver have any serious medical problems that require him/her to take medication that could impair driving ability?
  • Does the trucking company have good hiring practices, checking drivers' backgrounds before hiring and periodically during employment?

All of these factors should be part of a thorough truck accident investigation.

Our firm achieved a significant settlement in a personal injury and wrongful death claim when we proved that a tractor-trailer driver had driven more hours than allowed and was on numerous medications when he lost control of his truck on an Atlanta highway.

Contact a Columbus DUI Truck Accident Attorney

After you've been injured in a serious truck accident or a loved one has been killed in a fatal truck accident, contact the drunk driving truck accident lawyers at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, or call 800-213-5343 to schedule a free case evaluation.