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What Should You Do If You Suspect a Trucker is Driving Under the Influence?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 150 motorists died in a recent year due to drunk truck drivers. Thousands more innocent victims were injured. The Doan Law Firm wants you to stay safe and out of harm’s way, so we have prepared this piece to give you tips on what to do if you suspect a trucker is driving under the influence. If a drunk truck driver hurt you or a loved one, our Houston truck accident legal experts offer a free case review to discuss your legal rights and options.

Dangers of Impaired Driving

Drinking and drug abuse are real problems for truck drivers. Some drivers turn to stimulants to keep them awake while others use drugs or alcohol to cope with personal issues like spending long periods of time away from their family. Regardless of the reason, drinking or doing drugs while driving is dangerous and can result in serious accidents that claim the lives of innocent victims.

Signs of Impaired Driving

The first step is to recognize the signs that a truck driver may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Some warning signs include:

  • Swerving or weaving in and out of lanes
  • Not being able to maintain a lane
  • Sudden stops and starts
  • Tailgating
  • Swerving or other erratic driving
  • Driving on something other than a regular traffic lane, such as a bike lane or sidewalk
  • Coming in close contact with another vehicle, curb, or stationary object
  • Speeding
  • Slow driving
  • Keeping their head down
  • Not following traffic signals or signs
  • Driving at night without headlights
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road

You may also see the driver throwing bottles, cans, or other items out the window to get rid of the evidence of their alcohol or drug use.

What to Do If You Are Sharing the Road with a Drunk Truck Driver

If you notice any of the signs listed above, take the following steps to stay safe:

  • Back away – Keep a safe distance from the truck by slowly backing away from it.
  • Don’t pass – Your instinct might be to get as far away from the driver as possible, but you should not attempt to pass them. This may anger them or cause them to try to block you. Pull back instead.
  • Get to safety – As soon as possible, get off the roadway so you are not sharing it with a drunk driver.
  • Report the driver – Even if you’re not completely sure the driver is drunk, it’s better to err on the side of caution and report them. They could be jeopardizing the lives and safety of other motorists. Recognizing the potential danger of drunk truck drivers, the federal government has set the BAC level for commercial drivers at 0.04%, so they should not be driving if they’ve even had just a little to drink. The police can stop the driver and investigate if they are a danger to others.

What to Do If You Suspect a Drunk Truck Driver Caused a Crash

If you were involved in an accident and think that the truck driver might have been impaired, report your suspicions to the police when they respond. They will know what signs to look for and can investigate further to avoid losing valuable evidence to prove your case.

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If you were hurt by a drunk driver, call us for help today. At The Doan Law Firm, we provide a free, no-obligation case review and work on a contingency-fee basis, so you have nothing to lose.

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