Newport, DE-A truck driver who caused a fiery truck crash on I-295 in Delaware admitted to drinking prior to crashing into a jersey barrier and shutting down the interstate for several hours.
Truck Driver Says He Drank Several Beers Before Delaware Crash
The truck driver who caused a fiery crash on I-295 in Newport on October 28, admitted to emergency responders that he drank “several cans of beer” before he crashed into a jersey barrier, the News-Journal reports.
The driver, a 55-year-old man, was merging onto I-295 North from I-95 when he passed out and slammed into the barrier. The tractor-trailer, which was carrying construction equipment, overturned and caught fire. The fire spread to some brush and a freeway overpass.
When police arrived at the scene, the truck was sitting outside of his vehicle. Police noted that the driver smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes and typical sign of impairment.
Police charged the driver with refusing a breathalyzer while operating a commercial vehicle and failure to maintain his lane according to the News Journal.
An investigation revealed that the driver had three prior DUI convictions. His commercial driver’s license was issued by the state of South Carolina.
Facts About Impaired Truck Drivers
Most impaired driving crashes and fatalities in the U.S. are caused by passenger vehicle motorists. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2014 just 3.9 percent of fatal commercial trucking accidents are caused by impaired drivers, but there was a steep rise in fatal drunk driving crashes involving drivers of large commercial trucks. Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that there was a 50 increase in fatal truck crashes involving alcohol-impaired truck drivers, rising from 55 in 2015 to 83 in 2016.
Under federal regulations, it is illegal for a truck driver to be behind the wheel if they have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.04 percent. The legal limit for passenger vehicle motorists in Delaware is 0.08 percent.
Truck drivers who are charged with a DUI are at risk of losing their commercial driver’s license after their first charge, but whether that happens depends on the state issuing a CDL.Speak to a trucking accident attorney in Delaware if you are injured by a negligent truck driver or trucking company.
Alcohol impairs a truck driver’s ability in the following ways:
Loss of judgment
Poor muscle control
Slowed reaction times
Were You Injured in an Alcohol-Impaired Truck Accident? Call a Trucking Accident Lawyer in Delaware
Driving under the influence is illegal and negligent. Victims of impaired truck drivers should contact a commercial trucking accident lawyer in Delaware as soon as they can to talk about their case. USAttorneys.com can connect you with an experienced litigator near your location. We recommend you arrange a case evaluation before you make any decisions about how to proceed with your claim. With one of our lawyers on your side, you can have confidence that you will receive the full amount of compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.