Drunk Driving Leads to Serious Truck Accidents in Delaware

More than 100 years of combined legal experience in getting justice for the injured in Newark, Seaford and Wilmington, DE

Drunk driving is negligent behavior. Getting behind the wheel of a large, commercial vehicle and driving is reckless and irresponsible behavior that puts not only the life of the driver in danger, but the other vehicles that share the roadway are also in danger because the driver is not fully in control of the massive vehicle with the capacity to cause property damage, catastrophic injury and death. The potential for harm that can come from an 80,000 lb. truck barreling down the highway at 65 mph when it is under the control of a driver who is under the influence of alcohol is unthinkable. If a commercial vehicle operator (CMV) causes an accident because they have been driving while intoxicated, they may be held liable for the injuries and losses in the accident.

At the law firm of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we understand how devastating it can be to have survived a harrowing accident with a big, 18-wheeler truck only to discover that the accident was caused by a drunk truck driver. We work diligently to investigate the accident and hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries.

Federal rules of DUI for commercial truck drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration  (FMCSA) sets the safety rules for commercial truck drivers. The blood alcohol concentration for CMV operators is 0.04 percent in contrast the BAC limit for non-commercial drivers, which is 0.08 percent. CMV drivers are also prohibited from driving a commercial vehicle within four hours of having consumed alcohol. Commercial truck drivers can be tested for drugs and alcohol at the time they are hired and then randomly, on a reasonable suspicion that they might be under the influence, they can be tested before they begin a shift.

Penalties for DUI for large commercial truck drivers

If a CMV driver convicted of DUI they will face criminal penalties along with the suspension of their commercial driver’s license. If the driver refuses to submit to a test that would determine his or her blood alcohol concentration, it can be considered the same as a guilty plea.

How can a Delaware truck accident attorney help?

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk CMV operator, it is vital that you have an experienced Delaware truck accident attorney in your corner who will be a strong advocate for your interests. You will be taking legal action not just against the truck driver, but his or her employer, the trucking company. They will have hired attorneys whose singular mission is to pay out as little money as possible on your claim. At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we stand up for your right to compensation when you have been injured due to the reckless conduct of a drunk truck driver.

You give yourself the advantage of working with a legal team with more than 100 years of combined experience helping others just like you get the justice they deserve. We can help you recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages depending on the circumstances of your case. If you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving truck accident, we can file a wrongful death lawsuit and win compensation on your behalf.  We take injury cases on a contingency fee bases, so you do not pay any legal fees until we recover compensation for you.

Trusted Delaware truck accident lawyers are ready to discuss your case and give you the answers you need today

The experienced legal team at Silverman, McDonald & Friedman has helped countless clients before you get fair compensation for their injuries suffered in truck accidents caused by drunk drivers in Delaware. We work diligently to obtain the most compensation possible when you have been injured or when you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving truck accident. You may call us at 302-888-2900 or fill out our quick contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today. We have offices in Newark, Seaford, and Wilmington from which we serve clients throughout Delaware.