under the influence
of alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, many truck drivers ignore obvious safety risks, drive while impaired and cause accidents that carry devastating consequences for victims and their families.
If you suspect that a truck driver’s alcohol or drug abuse contributed to a crash that left you with serious injuries or caused the loss of a loved one, you should get help from an experienced truck accident lawyer right away. Make Jebaily Law Firm your first call. We can provide a free consultation and start work on your case today.
The drivers of large commercial trucks are professionals. They should know that they jeopardize their safety and the safety of everyone else on the road if they try to operate a mammoth 18-wheeler while
Our attorneys have fought for truck accident victims in Florence and throughout South Carolina for Over 50 Years. We know what it takes to hold careless and reckless truck drivers accountable for drunk driving and drugged driving accidents. We also know how to demand accountability from trucking companies. You can count on us to explore all legal options available to you and pursue full compensation for your losses.
Trucking Accident Attorneys: Drunk Driving Laws
South Carolina, like many states, holds drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to a higher standard than other drivers. For instance, it is illegal for a person with a CDL to operate a commercial motor vehicle when the driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04 or higher. In contrast, for other drivers, the legal BAC limit is 0.08.
Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truck drivers to undergo extensive alcohol and drug testing. The FMCSA regulations require trucking companies to administer tests:
- Before the company hires a driver
- After the driver is involved in a crash
- Randomly throughout the year
- Whenever there is any reasonable suspicion that the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The trucking company must immediately remove the driver from duty if the driver refuses to undergo a test, has a BAC of 0.04 or higher or tests positive for:
- Amphetamines and methamphetamines
- Phencyclidine (PCP).
If a driver fails the test or refuses to take one, the driver cannot return to duty unless the driver first goes through a process that includes substance abuse counseling and additional alcohol and drug tests.