Stockton, CA- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,058 Californians died in alcohol-impaired accidents in 2016. Most of those DUI crashes were the fault of passenger vehicle motorists, but there are instances of commercial truck drivers getting behind the wheel after having too many drinks. A recent example is a deadly crash that occurred in California and left a Caltrans worker dead.
Drunk Truck Driver Causes Fatal Chain-Reaction Crash
California Highway Patrol charged a 32-year-old man with multiple charges including DUI after he caused a chain-reaction crash that killed a Caltrans worker and injured several others.
The crash happened just after 5:00 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, at a toll plaza in Oakland. CBS San Francisco reports that several cars were waiting in one of the toll lanes when a box truck slammed into the line of vehicles setting off a chain-reaction collision.
The truck barreled through the cars and slammed into an occupied toll booth. The woman in the toll booth, a 46-year-old married mother of one, suffered fatal injuries. Five occupants of the car that were struck sustained a range of injuries from minor to severe, CBS San Francisco reports.
The truck driver and his passenger were ejected from the truck and suffered major injuries. His passenger had minor injuries.
There was so much force behind the crash that the truck split in half, and the toll booth was demolished.
Six lanes of the toll plaza were closed for several hours as crews worked to clear debris from the roadway.
Is Drunk Driving a Problem in Trucking?
Thousands of people are killed in drunk driving accidents in the U.S. every year, but passenger vehicle motorists cause most of those accidents. Just 3.9 percent of fatal truck accidents in 2014 involved a drunk truck driver, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
There is a lot at stake for a truck driver if they drive drunk or while on drugs, including their commercial driver’s license, so it’s not a common practice in the trucking industry.
If an impaired truck driver harms you or someone you love, you may be entitled to compensation. Let USAttorneys.com connect you with a truck accident lawyer in Stockton, California. You can arrange a case evaluation and learn if you have a valid personal injury or wrongful death claim.
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