Dallas, 03/14/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/
According to a notice from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a Tennessee semi-truck driver has been declared an “imminent hazard to public safety” and ordered to stay off the road.
In a notice published on February 2, 2017, the FMCSA stated that the trucker was involved in two separate alcohol-related incidents within just a four-day span.
In the first incident, which occurred on December 31, police found the trucker asleep in his truck’s cab in a hotel parking lot. A breath test revealed alcohol in the trucker’s system, and he was arrested for DUI and domestic assault.
The truck driver was released from police custody on January 2 and was involved in a second alcohol-related incident the very same night. According to the FMCSA notice, the trucker caused a multi-vehicle crash when he jackknifed his truck’s trailer and forced three vehicles off the road. Police at the scene conducted a breath test and once again detected alcohol in the trucker’s system.
Unbelievably, these two incidents occurred just a few months after the truck driver first received his commercial license on October 26, 2016.
Drunk Driving Stats
Drunk driving remains one of the top causes of traffic deaths in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 28 alcohol-related driving deaths in the U.S. every day, which is one death every 53 minutes.
In 2014 alone, nearly 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, which accounts for one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the country. In addition to the high emotional toll, these accidents also come at a heavy financial price — costing more than $44 billion each year.
Drunk Driving Among Truck Drivers
Drinking and driving is dangerous no matter what type of vehicle you’re driving. When you’re behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle, however, driving impaired is especially deadly.
Texas truck accident lawyer Amy Witherite explains, “Because semi-trucks are such large, heavy vehicles, they can quickly turn into weapons when piloted by someone who is impaired by alcohol. As the incident involving the Tennessee truck driver shows, a single out of control semi-truck can easily sweep multiple vehicles off the road, causing serious injuries.”
Fortunately, the Tennessee truck driver involved in the two alcohol-related incidents has been ordered to stay off the road, however, he is just one truck driver among millions. It’s important for all commercial truck drivers to stay sober every time they get behind the wheel. The safety of everyone on the road depends on it.
If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident involving a drunk truck driver, it’s important to protect your rights. Don’t wait to speak to an attorney. Call a Texas truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case and your options.