Columbus Attorneys For Accidents Caused By A Drunk Truck Driver

There are few actions more irresponsible than to put yourself behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer when you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, abuse of drugs and alcohol by commercial truckers is common.

At Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, we represent the victims of truck driver negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck driver DUI accident, we will spend the time and resources it takes to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Department Of Transportation Drug Testing Rules

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires the following types of drug and alcohol tests:

  • Pre-employment drug testing for truck drivers
  • Drug and alcohol testing following an accident that results in loss of life, a traffic citation for an accident causing an injury requiring treatment, or citation resulting in the need for a rig to be towed
  • Random drug testing

Trucking companies also have a duty to request drug tests if they see signs that an employee is using drugs. A standard drug test screens for amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, opiates and PCP. A saliva or blood test may be used for alcohol.

Under DOT regulations, truck drivers cannot operate a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level above .02 percent. For a truck driver weighing 200 pounds, two drinks would equal a BAC of .04, which is nearly twice the legal limit. There is no legal limit for illegal drugs such as amphetamines. Any concentration is a violation.

Following an accident, our lawyers will take necessary steps to preserve and review available evidence such as records of drug and alcohol tests, including past violations. Our goal is to hold negligent truck drivers accountable and provide your family with the legal support and guidance you need.

Contact Our Ohio Trucker DUI Accident Lawyers

Call 614-360-2706 now to set up a free consultation with an attorney at Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty in Columbus.