Impaired driving is rare among truck drivers, but still kills hundreds of people.

Tulsa, OK- At least one-third of traffic fatalities in U.S. are the fault of drunken or drugged drivers. Of course, the vast majority of those accidents involved cars and passenger vehicle motorists, but the fact that impaired driving accounts for so many deadly crashes attests how dangerous it is. But how common is impaired driving among truck drivers?

Thankfully, impaired driving is rare for truck drivers in the U.S. According to the Large Truck and Bus Crash Study of 2014, conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3.9 percent of fatal truck accidents were caused by impairment which includes illness, intoxication or fatigue.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that in 2013, only 4 percent of truck drivers with fatal injuries had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent.

Narcotics are the most commonly detected drug in fatal truck accidents according to the FMCSA’s Large Truck and Bus Crash Study. Stimulants, depressants, and cannabinoids were also common in fatal truck crashes.

Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol seriously hinders a person’s ability to control their vehicle.

Even though alcohol and drug use among truck drivers are relatively low, it still extremely dangerous and the results are often worse. Impaired drivers typically have slowed reaction times and lack the coordination or judgment needed to react appropriately in an emergency situation. Impaired truck drivers are also more likely to engage in other risky behaviors, like speeding, that can make the impact of a crash worse. And, because, commercial trucks are so heavy and large, the destruction of person and property is often catastrophic.

Under federal regulations, it is illegal for a truck to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.04 percent or more. Truck drivers who have drugs in their systems or have a high blood alcohol level face costly fines and could lose their commercial driver’s license for one or two years, whether they caused an accident or not.

If you have been injured by an impaired truck driver or lost a loved, USAttorneys can connect you with a truck accident lawyer in Oklahoma to assist you with your accident claim. Having legal representation will assure that you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries. It can be tricky dealing with insurance companies and trucking companies because they care more about their liability than you. Our team of accident lawyers cares about you; their job is to protect your interests and secure the maximum settlement amount you deserve.

Narcotics are the most commonly used drugs for truck drivers, according to the FMCSA.

Our truck accident attorneys who serve victims in Oklahoma, will stand up for you and your loved ones and use their expertise to secure a just settlement on your behalf. They understand the effect a commercial truck accident can have on your life and strive to provide you with a strong personal injury claim. Contact a lawyer today and get informed about your case. With legal advice, you can make wise decisions about how to resolve your case.