Orland Park Truck DUI Lawyer

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol in Illinois

Who is responsible for accidents caused by truck drivers driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

In 44 percent of all traffic accidents involving fatalities, one of the drivers was found to have been driving while impaired.

Drunk driving is illegal for any driver. Drivers with a commercial drivers’ license (CDL) are held to even higher standards than regular drivers. Big rig drivers cannot drive with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (“BAC”) of 0.02 significantly lower than the standard 0.08 that applies to other drivers. (This rule applies whether they are driving a semi or their own car during off hours.)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) regulations govern not only the drivers of big rigs, but also the companies that employ them so employers are required to enforce the drunk driving regulation. It should also influence their hiring decisions. It is a considerable risk to the trucking company if they employ a driver with any history of impaired driving.

I am personal injury lawyer James A. Payonk, Jr. I am a knowledgeable truck accident attorney with 26 years of experience dealing with car, truck and big rig accidents.

If you were injured in a truck crash, or a family member was killed in a tractor trailer accident, contact my law office in Chicago or Orland Park, Illinois, or call me at 708-633-6005. I offer a free initial consultation in all trucking accident cases.

Holding All Responsible Parties Accountable for Injuries

Many truck drivers are self-employed and work on contracts. That, however, does not mean that the company that hired them to haul their merchandise does not have any responsibility. In other cases, the trucking company hired its own drivers and may also have provided them with training. That company bears an even clearer responsibility for the actions of its drivers when driving under the influence of controlled substances or prescription drugs.

If you were hurt in a crash with a semi truck, I will look at all the possible responsible parties in order to get you the compensation you need and deserve in negotiations or an injury lawsuit.

Talk to an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer

For thorough, aggressive legal representation focused on getting you the compensation you need and deserve after an 18-wheeler accident caused by driver negligence when driving under the influence, contact me online or call 708-633-6005.

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10705 W 159th St.
Orland Park, Illinois 60467

708-633-6005