New Orleans, LA- Drunken driving is one of the leading causes of death for passenger vehicle motorists, accounting for a third of all fatal traffic accidents. Intoxicated driving is a major safety issue in the U.S. and difficult to combat. The majority of drunken drivers are passenger vehicle motorists but there are times when a truck driver gets behind the wheel of their rig after they’ve had a few beers or snorted a little—or a lot—of crystal meth.

In a recent incident, police in Morgan City, a town about 85 miles southeast of New Orleans, managed to keep a dangerous truck driver off the road and most likely prevented unnecessary accidental injuries or deaths.

Police were called to a local business after witnesses reported someone in a tractor-trailer revving the engine. When police approached the driver, he appeared to be intoxicated and asked him to submit to field sobriety tests, Bayou Buzz reported.

The truck driver refused to field sobriety tests and a breath test so he was placed under arrest. While he was being booked police found a small amount of marijuana in her pocket. He was booked and charged with operating under the influence and possession of marijuana.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that less than one percent of truck drivers are involved in fatal or injurious drunken driving accidents. However when one of those less-than-one-percent accidents occur, the results can be cataclysmic. When you consider the sheer size and weight of a tractor-trailer or other large commercial vehicle, which can weigh up to 80K lbs., it isn’t hard to imagine who harmful or deadly an intoxicated truck accident can be.

Nearly 98 percent of fatal truck accidents result in the death of passenger vehicle motorists, according to NHTSA data. When you have lost a loved in a deadly accident, a New Orleans truck accident attorney will stand on your side and make certain you get justice for your untimely loss.

Operating a large commercial truck or tractor-trailer under the influence of an intoxicant regardless of whether it is alcohol, marijuana or stimulants is strictly forbidden by law. Not only is the truck driver liable if there are any resulting injuries or deaths, but the trucking company they work for may also be held accountable.

Truck drivers who cause accidents because of intoxication face a potential jail sentence. They can also lose their commercial driver’s license for at least a year. For more than one DUI, a truck driver can lose their license for their lifetime.

A truck accident can wreck a person’s life, it can leave them disabled, paralyzed, suffering a brain injury or with one or more broken bones. With the high cost of medical care, even a minor truck accident can leave the victim saddled with thousands and thousands of dollars in debt. Victims who retain a New Orleans truck accident attorney won’t have to worry about how they are going to cover their medical bills or recoup their lost income.