Zero tolerance policy: No alcohol allowed!
While this notice may not be written on the back of the truck in front of you, it may very well be written on the truck driver’s manual.
You should know that a truck driver in Maryland does not necessarily have to register above the .08 blood alcohol content limit to be considered too drunk to drive professionally.
Because trucks, buses and taxis are considered commercial vehicles, drunk driving laws regarding their drivers are typically stricter. In fact, many companies won’t let a truck or bus driver work if he or she has been drinking at all.
Of course, it’s not quite as easy to tell if a driver has had one drink as it is to tell if he or she is completely drunk. A skilled Maryland truck accident lawyer may be able to help you get the evidence you need to prove that the driver who caused your crash was potentially drunk at the time of the accident.
Keep in mind that a driver who is slightly tipsy may still exhibit some of the classic signs of drunk driving such as:
- Driving below the speed limit to avoid getting caught
- Swerving between lanes
- Inconsistent speed or braking for no reason
- Stumbling out of the truck or fumbling to get paperwork
- Smelling of alcohol
If any of these symptoms were present, you should tell your attorney. An experienced Southern Maryland accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve after a Maryland truck accident. For a free consultation call Nickelsporn and Lundin at 800.875.9700 today.