Truck drivers are held to high legal standards
Staying sober behind the wheel is a responsibility all motorists share, but truck drivers are held to even higher standards. By federal law, the legal limit for truck drivers is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.04, half the legal limit of 0.08 for other drivers over age 21 in Washington State. Trucking companies also have policies limiting drug and alcohol use on the job.
But just because the trucking companies have those rules on paper doesn't mean they actually enforce them in practice. For example, the trucking companies are required to conduct thorough background checks on each new driver, but some don't follow through on that responsibility. They may overlook details or even falsify the background check entirely, allowing a trucker with a history of drunk or drugged driving to slip through. Or they may keep a driver employed after his history of impaired driving comes to light - this is called negligent retention.
If you were hurt by a truck driver who you suspect was under the influence, you need an experienced attorney like Richard E. Lewis to get to the bottom of what happened. Richard will review hiring and supervision records, eyewitness accounts and physical evidence from the crash scene to find proof that negligence was responsible for your injuries. He'll build a strong case for the full and fair compensation you deserve, and he'll stand up to the trucking company in negotiations and, if necessary, at trial.
Pursue the compensation you need with an experienced attorney
Getting full and fair compensation for a truck rollover accident is rarely easy, especially if you were seriously injured. That's why you need our experience on your side. Schedule your free consultation with Richard Lewis today. Call 866-465-9098 or contact us online.