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Alcohol Abuse Leads to Commercial Truck Accidents in South Florida

It is a fact that drunk driving continues to be a serious problem on roads throughout South Florida. This danger is compounded when the drunk driver is behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound tractor-trailer where even accidents that happen at low rates of speed lead to devastating injuries for the occupants of the passenger car impacted by the commercial truck.

As experienced Miami truck accident attorneys, the lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano understand the devastation faced by those who have been harmed in a tractor-trailer accident, as well as their family members. We will fight to get you the damages recovery that you need for ongoing medical bills, related expenses, and the terrible pain and suffering that you have endured as a result of the truck crash. We have handled well over a 100 truck accident cases. Some have involved deaths while in others we have represented those injured by a truckers negligence. Our founding partner is on the Florida board of APITLA ( Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America) and all the firm’s attorneys are experienced in handling truck accidents, knowing the regulations which apply and how to go about proving fault. Truck accidents ARE NOT the same as car crashes and should be handled in a different manner by experienced lawyers and experts..It is important to hire a qualified lawyer as soon as possible after an crash involving a truck. May trucking companies are taught to call their insurance carrier.

When hiring a truck driver, a commercial trucking company should have performed a background check looking for evidence of alcohol or illegal substance abuse, including:

• Convictions for driving under the influence;
• Evidence of substance rehabilitation attendance;
• Log book violations at previous trucking companies that may indicate time off-route; and
• Failed drug tests.

The trucking industry is plagued by a long history of alcohol and drug abuse among its drivers. In order to counteract this deadly mix, there are rules and regulations that attempt to limit the potential for harm, including those administered by the United States Department of Transportation. This includes a prohibition on a driver getting behind the wheel of the truck if he has consumed alcohol within four hours of the beginning of his shift. In addition, the driver should not have taken any controlled substance unless specifically prescribed by a doctor. In order to ensure that their drivers do not abuse alcohol or illegal substances, the trucking company must have a drug testing policy in place.

Prior to allowing a new driver to get into one of the trucking company trucks, the driver must undergo a comprehensive screening for drugs and alcohol. There is an exception if the driver has been screened within the past six months. If any evidence is brought to the attention of the trucking company relating to the driver’s use of alcohol or drugs that might impact the driver’s ability to safely operate the truck, another screening must be ordered. In addition to all of this, the trucking company must perform random testing on a significant number of its drivers regularly.

After a truck driver has been involved in a serious accident, the trucking company must screen for drugs and alcohol. This includes accidents that resulted in a traffic citation for the driver, emergency care for any victims, or significant damage to a vehicle that renders it unable to be driven.

Although the truck driver is responsible if he causes a person harm because of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the trucking company may share in the liability.

South Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Hold All Responsible Parties Accountable

A truck accident often is a life-changing event, causing a person to spend years getting medical treatment and enduring the struggles of rehabilitation. It may be impossible to return to work at all or a career change may be necessary because of physical restrictions. Significant and long-term burdens are placed on the family. All of this means that expenses continue to build up while the financial wherewithal to meet the obligations is diminished. The physical and economic devastation is the reason why a financial recovery is so critical. The skilled and dedicated truck accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano understand this and will fight for your rights. We have more than 100 years of collective legal experience getting justice for our clients, and, have recovered millions of dollars in damages. In recognition of our commitment, Martindale Hubbell has rated us and “AV” firm and Primerus has given us a high rating. Further, the Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top firms, and, we have been designated as “Superlawyers,” a title that places us among the best lawers in America. We are ready to put all of your skills to work for you. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website so we can get started in fighting for you.

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