When a commercial truck driver gets behind the wheel, they should be alert, focused, and unencumbered by drugs or alcohol in their system. For these commercial drivers, drunk driving laws make it unlawful to drive if the trucker’s blood alcohol content is .04 or more. Other drivers that operate a personal automobile have a BAC of .08 or higher to be considered unlawfully driving.
The reason that there is a difference between BAC in commercial truck drivers and drivers of personal automobiles is that when a crash happens with a large truck, the devastation and destruction that can result is often much more than personal vehicles inflict. Because there are more personal vehicles on the road, the chances that when a truck crashes, it does so with a much smaller vehicle is high. And, considering the vast difference in size between an 18-wheeler and a passenger sedan, if there is a collision between the two, the truck can obliterate the sedan. This is why the majority of deaths that result from commercial truck and passenger car collisions are those occupants of the car.
How Can You Prove the Truck Driver that Hit You Was Inotixcated?
The aftermath of a trucking accident can be catastrophic. This is especially true for people who are in smaller vehicles. Truck accident claims can be very complex because there can be multiple parties that are culpable for a crash taking place. The truck driver is just one of them. If you live in Mississippi, working with a Jackson truck accident attorney is a good way to unravel the details from your case and determine liability.
If you believe that the truck driver who hit you was inebriated, this could mean that they had more alcohol in their system than the legal limit. It could also mean that they were under the influence of a controlled substance. Potentially they may have both alcohol and drugs in their system.
Proving that the truck driver was intoxicated and that is what lead them to cause your accident is necessary for you to file a successful Mississippi personal injury claim for compensation. The following forms of evidence can be helpful for supporting your case:
- The police report may indicate that the truck driver was intoxicated.
- Toxicology reports.
- Receipts from a store or restaurant where the driver bought alcohol close to the time that the crash took place.
- If the truck driver has a history of drunk driving this would make it more likely that the truck driver may have repeated past mistakes.
- Posts on various social media platforms can show that the truck driver was drinking or taking other substances around the time of the crash.
- Witness testimony.
- Footage from a dashcam.
Speak with a Mississippi Truck Accident Attorney Today
Trucking accidents can result in severe injury and death. If you were injured or if you lost a loved one in a fatal Mississippi truck accident, please call the Jackson wrongful death attorney at Germany Law Firm, PLLC at (601) 487-0555 to schedule a free consultation.