Nearly 30% of all fatal crashes in New Jersey involve alcohol consumption. Now imagine the result of a drunk driving accident involving the size and weight of a large tractor trailer truck. It can be an especially deadly combination. Even if they don’t cause loss of life, these accidents are likely to cause serious physical, mental, and emotional distress for the victims. That’s why it’s important to seek representation from an attorney right away if you’ve been injured by a trucker who was driving while drunk.
ARE TRUCK DRIVERS HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD?
Yes, truck drivers are held to a higher standard. Although point-zero-eight percent is both the nationwide and New Jersey alcohol limit, it’s important to note that people who hold a commercial drivers license (CDL) are held to a much higher standard as a professional driver. A blood alcohol content (BAC) level of just point-zero-four percent (or half the standard limit) is grounds for a DWI charge for CDL licensed drivers while operating a commercial vehicle.
WHO CAN YOU SUE IN AN ACCIDENT CAUSED BY A DRUNK TRUCK DRIVER?
In analyzing truck crashes involving alcohol, courts look to all the relevant circumstances in order to determine fault and liability. A person injured by an intoxicated truck driver should get representation from an attorney right away to help determine the best possible outcomes.
For example, sometimes more than one party is at fault in drunk driving accidents.
WILL YOUR INSURANCE COVER MEDICAL TREATMENT AND OTHER OUT-OF-POCKET LOSSES?
New Jersey has a no fault auto insurance system. This means your own insurance or Personal Injury Protection pays for your medical treatment and other out-of-pocket losses incurred by anyone covered under the policy, regardless of who is at fault for the accident.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t file a lawsuit if you were injured by a drunk driver in a truck accident. In New Jersey, you can pursue legal action against an at-fault driver if the accident caused you to suffer what state law considers a serious injury.
You can also have a wrongful death case if a loved one died in an accident caused by a drunk truck driver. To investigate your options if you or a loved one has been injured by a truck driver who was drinking, contact Rosenblum Law for a free, no-obligation consultation.