Truck Drivers Who Drink Alcohol Can Cause Serious Injuries in CT
Compensation for injuries sustained in DUI-related tractor-trailer accidents
Driving a commercial truck requires awareness and coordination — qualities sacrificed when a driver becomes intoxicated. Slow reaction time can send a heavy tractor-trailer or commercial van careening into a smaller car. Blurry vision can cause the driver to misjudge the distance of a car or motorcycle. Likewise, poor control over the truck can cause dangerous jackknifing. The Pickel Law Firm, LLC advocates for the rights of victims involved in Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Greenwich, Darien and Stratford, CT truck accidents. With 65 years of combined experience, our lawyers are familiar with the reasons truckers make serious driving mistakes, including distracted driving, drunk driving and recklessness. One of the first steps our team takes is to determine whether alcohol or drugs played a part.
Connecticut truck driver DUI laws
Under Connecticut DUI regulations, a car driver who registers elevated blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more is presumed impaired. However, stricter provisions apply to commercial truck drivers than to other motorists. A driver who is operating a commercial truck with a BAC of 0.04 or higher is presumed impaired.
As a condition of receiving a driver’s license, a truck driver agrees to comply if an officer requests a drug or alcohol test. Failure to submit to a requested test results in automatic driver’s license suspension. Even if a driver refuses to take the Breathalyzer test as mandated by the implied consent laws, the prosecution often relies on other evidence to convict the driver for DUI.
Difference between civil and criminal DUI accident proceedings
After your accident, law enforcement collected evidence of the driver’s impairment and made an arrest. Prosecutors have the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the truck driver was intoxicated while operating a commercial vehicle. The state may seek restitution as part of the driver’s sentence, but this amount is unlikely to fully compensate you for your injuries.
To recover fair and full compensation for a personal injury or a wrongful death claim, you must negotiate with the trucker’s or tractor-trailer corporation’s insurance companies or file a lawsuit in civil court. Our managing partner, Alan Scott Pickel, has insider knowledge about insurance company tactics because of his background in insurance defense. This information helps our attorneys strategize negotiations for a just settlement in your case. We recommend a civil lawsuit if it is in your best interests, in which case we demonstrate that the driver and the company were negligent, to collect the highest possible amount of compensation for your injuries.
Pursue the compensation you deserve from a drunk truck driver who caused your accident.
For more information about pursuing damages from an impaired trucker and the corporations responsible for your DUI-related accident, call The Pickel Law Firm, LLC at 888.246.5128 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. From our Stamford office, our lawyers handle all auto accident cases on contingency. Hablamos español.