Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers know that drunk drivers have no business behind the wheel of any motor vehicle, but when that vehicle is an 18-wheel big rig that dwarfs other vehicles on the road in total size and mass, the danger increases exponentially. The increased danger posed by vehicles with greater mass means more violent collisions involving greater force. 18-wheel big rig crashes are not only possible but also probable when a trucker is under the influence of alcohol because 18-wheel big rigs are much more difficult to maneuver and require more time to stop safely. A big rig driver who is DUI/DWI will have slower reaction times, compromised judgment and impaired coordination that can result in a deadly DUI/DWI Atlanta trucking accident.
Drivers of 18-wheel big rigs are subject to more strict limits on alcohol consumption when driving than non-commercial drivers. The driver of a big rig is considered to be DUI/DWI if he or she has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that exceeds .04 percent, which is half the limit for non-commercial drivers. While DUI/DWI among big rig drivers is on the decline, there are still victims who have their lives taken or are seriously injured by truck drivers each year who are DUI/DWI. If you or someone you love has been in a big rig crash with a drunk trucker, contact the experienced Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers at Montlick and Associates for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED. Since 1984 we have been fighting hard to protect our clients’ rights and to get them the compensation they deserve. Call us today.