The vast majority of fatalities in semi-truck accidents are the occupants
of passenger vehicles involved in collisions with big rigs. Occupants
of passenger cars are highly vulnerable when it comes to accidents involving
semi-trucks. A semi typically weighs between 20 to 30 times more than
a passenger automobile. If you have lost a loved one in a semi-truck accident,
a semi-truck accident wrongful death lawyer from The Doan Law Firm stands
ready to discuss your case with you. Our hotline at (800) 349-0000 is
staffed around the clock, 24 hours a day.
Another shocking reality associated with a semi-truck accident wrongful
death collision is the fact that many of these accidents caused by rig
operators could have been avoided all together. A significant number of
these accidents occur because a commercial truck driver is impaired in
Common Types of Semi-Truck Driver Impairment
Compiling truly accurate statistics regarding the problem of impaired semi-truck
drivers on public roadways is a tremendous challenge. The reality is that
big rig operators and trucking companies alike tend to be aggressive in
attempting to conceal the true facts behind the impaired operation of
commercial trucks. With that said, there is some data available that helps
to underscore the severity of the problem of impaired semi drivers. Keep
in mind that the statistics complied via various studies are universally
deemed conservative estimates because of the concealment of impaired driving
issues by big operators and trucking companies.
When you think of semi-truck driver impairment, your first though may be
alcohol intoxication. In addition, you are also likely to think of impairment
from some type if illegal drug. Drunk semi-truck driving is a significant
problem in the trucking industry in the United States. The use of illicit
drugs is also a serious problem among commercial truck drivers.
As mentioned previously, research on the extent of impaired semi-truck
driving is unreliable due to the fact that rig operators and trucking
companies alike conceal the real scope of the problem to protect their
own self-interests at the expense of other motorists.
One study, which is considered by many to be the most reliable on the subject,
estimates that upwards to 12-plus percent of semi-truck drivers have operated
rigs while intoxicated. Another study indicates that between 5 to 8 percent
of semi-truck drivers have driven while under the influence of some other
type of illegal drug, including meth, heroin, or cocaine. There are also
appears to be about 5 percent of commercial truck operators who drive
while impaired by some type of prescription medication.
Finally, a perhaps upwards to 25 percent of big rig operators are impaired
in their ability to operate a semi because they are suffering fatigue.
The federal government has established specific regulations regarding
the length of time a person can drive a semi-truck at one stretch. These
regulations also delineate how much time a driver must be off the road
between trips. Unfortunately, truck drivers and trucking companies routinely
circumvent these rules and regulations to the detriment of other motorists.
A Semi-truck Accident Wrongful Death Claim
The laws in each state establish who may bring a wrongful death claim when
a family member is killed in a semi-truck accident caused by a trucker's
impairment or other negligence. Examples of family members who can bring
a wrongful death claim include:
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There is no charge for an initial consultation with a member of our legal
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