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Posted by Edna on Mar 16, 2014

Drunk Driving and Trucking Accidents

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) is a serious crime anywhere in the U.S., but it has even graver consequences when the driver happens to be a truck or other professional types of driver. A single DUI conviction can lead to the suspension or revocation of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) without which a professional driver cannot make a living.

A number of trucking accidents have been caused by drunk driving, either the truck driver or the other guy. When an accident occurs and impaired driving is suspected, the first thing that the authorities are going to do is to measure the blood alcohol content (BAC) of all parties involved, not just the drivers. This is standard procedure for CDL holders involved in an accident based on federal regulations. This is an important piece of evidence which can be used to prove innocence one way or the other.

In the event that the BAC results are not in favor of a driver, it is important not to panic but to engage the services of an experienced DUI lawyer in the area at once. The driver charged with a DUI or DWI should not say or admit anything, but to leave it to the lawyer to get the facts, decide on the best possible defense and to advise accordingly. In any state, but especially in Texas, the attitude towards drunk driving is one of intolerance, so it is important that an aggressive defense is mounted to overcome the natural bias of the legal system against drunk drivers.

CDL holders particularly should have no hesitation about engaging a tough lawyer experienced in handling DUI cases. Aside from the criminal consequences, it would mean hardship for the CDL holder and dependents if the charge is turned into a conviction as it would mean no income. There are also civil liabilities to consider once fault is established (via a conviction) if injury and/or death resulted from the accident.

While the injury case may be very difficult for a driver to dispute, it is possible to successfully fight the criminal DWI charges such an accident may result in. There are numerous aspects of a DWI conviction that can be disputed in court. This includes the methods used to determine whether or not a person was drunk at the time of the accident as well as the condition of the tools officers use for that task. With the help of a competent attorney, a person responsible for an accident may be able to contend that he or she was not drunk at the time.

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