Los Angeles DUI Truck Accident

Driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), drunken driving, drunk driving, operating under the influence, drinking and driving and impaired driving is a crime of driving a motorized vehicle with a blood alcohol level in excess of the legal limit. According to DMV.org and the California DUI Fact Sheet, there were nearly 1,500 alcohol-involved fatalities in 2007 with over 20,000 DUI arrests. The impact of losing a loved one from a DUI accident involving a large truck and trailer can alter your life forever and you may find yourself dealing with immense property damage, bodily harm and sometimes even the devastating loss of a loved one. Operating an 80,000-pound machine at high speeds while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a recipe for disaster that may result in significant property damage or serious bodily harm. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that collisions between truck operators driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol and passenger vehicles often result in fatalities.

Monetary Incentives for Faster Delivery Times often Drive Substance Abuse

In an attempt to deliver cargo in as rapid a timeframe as possible and often driven by monetary incentives to cut delivery costs, truck operators may resort to using illegal substances to keep them awake and alert for an unnatural amount of time. Methamphetamines and prescription pills give drivers the illusion of energy and alertness while running the risk of severe impairment of judgment. The use of illegal substances within the trucking industry has been recognized as a significant issue, and repercussions for such violations are severe.

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

The blood alcohol content (BAC) of any commercial driver must be below 0.04 percent according to the Federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act (FCMVSA). Any persons with a BAC of 0.04% or higher is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI) of an illegal sbstance. Non-commercial motorists are considered to be driving under the influence at double that amount, 0.08%. The message to commercial truck operators regarding DUI is clear and comes with a zero tolerance policy whereby conviction may result in the loss of commercial license and possibly arrest. The penalties far outweigh the cost and law enforcement has adopted a strict policy for dealing with truck operators under the influence of an illegal substance. The safety and well being of American motorists on our federal and state highways is too great a cause to allow tolerance around driving under the influence of an illegal substance or driving while intoxicated. Sobriety checkpoints and what are known as, “field sobriety tests” in cities and along highways are often responsible for the incarceration of drivers under the influence. Across the country and nationwide there is very little to no tolerance for violations involving the use of drugs or alcohol while operating large, commercial trucking rigs. First time offenders have their commercial driver’s license (CDL) revoked for at least one year while second time offenders lose their CDL permanently. It is important to fully understand your rights as a victim of a truck-related accident involving a potential driving under the influence scenario, and aligning yourself with a capable attorney with expertise in this specific area is essential.


With over 12 years of experience in specifically dealing with Truck Injury Accidents within the state of California, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Daniel A. Gibalevich – California Truck Injury Attorneys – are committed to providing you with the exceptional legal services you need to obtain just compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at (323) 947-2224 for a free consultation with one of our California Truck Injury Attorneys.