San Antonio Drunk Driving Truck Accident Lawyers
If you’ve been in an accident with a drunk truck driver, the Chris Mayo Law Firm understands that the pain you’re dealing with now can lead to a lifelong fear of driving. Large commercial trucks and 18-wheelers can make a lot of drivers nervous. They’re big, have a number of blind spots, and require serious concentration from the truck drivers to operate them safely on roadways. Because truck drivers bear so much responsibility for safely operating these large vehicles, choosing to be intoxicated behind the wheel can be catastrophic. And while drunk driving is illegal and can cause serious motor vehicle accidents no matter the vehicle, accidents involving 18-wheelers can be especially gruesome because of their size and weight, compounding the seriousness of any crash no matter how fast the vehicles were traveling.
When truck drivers get behind the wheel of their vehicles intoxicated, they increase the chance of driving recklessly and causing an accident. Alcohol inhibits one’s ability to make rational decisions and can make drivers swerve in an out of lanes, drive well above the speed limit, switch lanes without signalling, and even follow too closely behind other vehicles—not maintaining a safe distance in case of emergency braking. And due to the high speed of most drunk driving crashes, victims are often left with life-altering injuries, and some even result in death. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a third of all traffic-accident deaths are caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you or someone you know has been in a commercial truck or 18-wheeler accident with a suspected drunk driver, you are not alone. The days and weeks following an accident can be physically, psychologically, and financially devastating, leaving you feeling helpless and despondent. Fortunately, there’s hope. At the Chris Mayo Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping you hold these negligent and dangerous truck drivers responsible for their actions so you can recover the financial compensation you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Contact the San Antonio drunk driving truck accident lawyers today at (210) 999-9999 and talk to us about your rights.
Why Choose Us?
We know there are a number of personal injury and drunk driving accident lawyers in the San Antonio area. Picking the best firm that will be by your side every step of the way can be a monumental task, especially if you’re also dealing with injuries, repair bills, and insurance companies. And while other lawyers will represent you, the San Antonio drunk driving truck accident lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm will treat your case as our top priority, and won’t accept just any deal unless its the best one for you and your family. We have decades of experience handling 18-wheeler accident cases and promise to handle your case as if it were our own so you can go back to living your life the way you did before the accident.
Texas Trucking Accident Drunk Driving Laws
Most adults know that a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher constitutes drunk driving. But most people aren’t aware that for commercial truck drivers, the legal limit is only 0.04 percent. That’s considerably lower, and, depending on the driver’s weight, means a truck driver could be legally intoxicated after only one drink. So while the driver may not be stumbling or slurring their words following an accident, you still may be able to pursue a drunk driving case and sue for damages.
Additionally, Texas law holds commercial driver’s to even higher standards when it comes to operating an 18-wheeler under the influence of alcohol. There are more penalties depending on the driver’s BAC. While a 0.04 BAC results in a commercial DUI, a 0.02 BAC can result in a 24-hour commercial driving suspension. Police officers can also arrest and charge drivers with a DUI who may not meet these specific levels but appear to be impaired by some amount of alcohol, or if they mixed alcohol with prescription drugs or other intoxicants. All of these scenarios could cause a driver to act erratically and negligently behind the wheel and cause a major accident and they need to be held responsible.
Dram Shop and Social Host Law
The state of Texas goes even further in holding negligent parties other than the driver responsible for drunk driving truck accident cases with two laws. The first is known as dram shop law and the second is the social host law. Under the dram shop law, injured people or the families of victims that have died in crashes caused by intoxicated truck drivers can take legal action against bars or restaurants that knowingly overserve drivers before getting behind the wheel of their vehicles.
Similarly, under the social host law, injured motorists can claim damages against party hosts, bars and restaurants, or adults that knowingly serve alcohol to minors. And although you have to be 21 years of age to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines, in Texas you can be a commercial truck driver at age 18 within the state, meaning some truck drivers within the state could be minors. An experienced San Antonio drunk driving truck accident attorney will look at your case and help you take legal action against the intoxicated truck driver as well as all responsible parties.
Contact Us Today
Driving under the influence of alcohol can cause a driver to act recklessly, including drifting or weaving in and out of traffic and across lanes, making illegal turns, and driving well over the speed limit. When this happens, they can cause serious and life-altering accidents with innocent victims, leaving their lives forever changed. At the Chris Mayo Law Firm, we are here to help you recover financial compensation to pay for everything from medical bills and rehabilitation costs to lost wages and in some cases, funeral costs. Contact a professional San Antonio drunk driving truck accident lawyer today and take the first step to moving with your life.