How Can Victims Hurt By A Drunk Truck Driver Seek Assistance?

by Terry Bryant

Few things are as dangerous on the road like a drunk truck driver, but scary enough, they are more common than many people realize. The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for keeping them off the road, but it’s impossible to catch everyone. And while the FMCSA does require random drug and alcohol testing, its effectiveness is debatable. The administration claims that their testing produces a positive result about 1 percent of the time. However, independent studies have found a much higher rate of alcohol use among commercial motorists, suggesting that the threat is much higher than officials realize.

A drunk truck driver is typically unable to react appropriately to a dangerous situation, so they may run into much lighter passenger vehicles with reckless abandon. The devastating physical forces involved in such a collision are enough to cause severe and permanent physical trauma. Some of the worst injuries are sustained by the spine and brain, known as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Most TBIs cannot be recovered from fully, and they can leave a victim paralyzed or in chronic pain. TBIs also require expensive physical and mental therapy to manage, and this therapy may be necessary for the rest of the victim’s life.

As such, it is important for victims and their families to consider legal options when a reckless commercial motorist causes an accident. These irresponsible motorists should be held accountable for their blatant disregard for others, and a large settlement may keep the motorist from hurting someone else in the future.