Gurnee Personal Injury Attorneys
Following a Gurnee drug and alcohol-related truck accident, many families simply want answers. Why did a trucker choose to drive under the influence? Will the driver be held responsible? Just as state laws regulate drivers of passenger vehicles, federal law prohibits truckers from drinking or being under the influence of drugs while driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is responsible for overseeing all trucking companies, considers the following practices to be illegal and punishable under the law:
- Drunk driving as defined by individual state laws
- Being impaired due to the use of drugs or alcohol
- Possessing any controlled substance while on duty
Having any measurable blood alcohol content while on duty or within four hours of operating a commercial motor vehicle
When commercial drivers fail to abide by these laws, they can face significant fines, lose their ability to operate a commercial truck, and even face jail time, especially if their substance abuse results in an accident.
Chicago Truck Accident Lawyers
Being a commercial truck driver is a big responsibility. When truck drivers get behind the wheel, they’re taking control of objects weighing 40 tons or more and traveling at high rates of speed. Even the slightest impairment can cause them to injure or kill anyone who comes into their path.
Knowledgeable truck accident lawyers examine the evidence and reconstruct the scenes of truck accidents, looking for telltale clues that indicate the causal factors leading to the crash. Many such accidents are the result of driver fatigue, distracted driving, truck defects or over-weighted truck and load issues. However, all too often, the attorneys discover that accidents are drug and alcohol related.
Compensation for Victims of Alcohol-related Accidents
The attorneys at Cary J. Wintroub & Associates understand that no amount of money will undo the trauma that you have experienced as a result of someone else’s negligence, but we will do all in our power to ensure that all responsible parties are held accountable. Our personal injury attorneys will work with you to create an individualized plan for your matter to help ensure the best outcome possible. Contact our office today at (312) 726-1021 to schedule a free consultation and speak with an attorney.