Truck Driver DWI/DUI in Indiana
Every year there are around 500,000 truck accidents that occur across the nation, and many of them in Indiana. About 10 percent of these result in at least one fatality. One of the most terrible types of truck accidents is a truck DUI crash.
Indiana Truck Driver DWI Accidents Caused by Drug Use
Drug usage by truck drivers has been a large factor in semi-truck accidents in Indiana, both fatal and non-fatal, according to studies conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Long hours on the road with little or no communication with others in addition to the hard nature of driving long hours on the highways often leads truck drivers to use drugs.
Methamphetamines are one of the more favored drugs taken by irresponsible truck drivers, and they use it to allow themselves to stay awake longer, log more miles and ultimately deliver cargo to its final destination much sooner. In a recent study conducted by the NTSB, about 85 percent of all truckers who were surveyed said that methamphetamines were easily available at truck stops.
Indiana Truck Driver DUI Accidents Caused by Alcohol Consumption
It is illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating substances in all 50 states including Indiana. DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. If an extremely high blood-alcohol level is present, a driver could be charged with a DWI, or Driving While Intoxicated.
If a truck driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher, they are considered legally drunk and should not be operating any vehicle, let alone a vehicle the size of most commercial vehicles, which can cause such destruction when handled improperly.
Truck drivers are often under a lot of pressure to meet unrealistic deadlines set by trucking companies. Many will take drugs or drink alcohol to deal with the pressure, but there is never any circumstance where this is acceptable behavior of someone who is operating a large commercial vehicle, and if you have been injured because a truck driver did, call us today.