Drunk Truck Drivers
Commercial trucks were involved in 113 fatal crashes in Ohio during 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Because tractor-trailers can easily cause death and severe injury, it’s illegal to drive a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .04 percent or more in Ohio, which is half the legal limit for noncommercial drivers.
Commercial truck drivers are operating instruments of death. Most truck drivers take their jobs seriously and operate sober and in compliance with HOS law, but some recklessly disregard the law, risking the lives of everyone else on the roads.
If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed in an Ohio truck accident and you believe that the commercial driver was drowsy or using alcohol or drugs, it is important to get an attorney involved as soon as possible.
At Rittgers & Rittgers, our attorneys understand the complex laws and liability issues involved in Ohio truck accident injury cases. If you’d like to speak with one of our experienced lawyers in a consultation, call 513-932-2115 or email us.
Drugged Truck Driving Accidents
While drunk driving has declined among commercial motorists, drug use remains prevalent. Some commercial drivers use stimulants such as crystal meth, cocaine and Adderall to fight fatigue. Others use narcotics like marijuana or oxycodone.
Whether a truck driver’s drug use is illegal or prescribed, he or she can be held liable when it causes an accident.
If you believe that drug use factored into an Ohio truck accident, causing harm to you or a loved one, contact an experienced attorney to discuss your situation.
The attorneys at Rittgers & Rittgers are adept at helping truck accident victims recover full money damages for the harm they’ve suffered. Contact us for a consultation with an accomplished lawyer. We serve truck accident victims throughout southern Ohio from our offices in Cincinnati, Lebanon and West Chester.