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Intoxicated truckers cause serious accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2022 | Truck Accidents |

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2022 | Truck Accidents

People in Oklahoma and across the United States rely on tractor-trailers to deliver essential goods throughout the country. What many people do not realize, however, is that these massive vehicles present a significant danger to everyone on the road.

Big rigs can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and a double trailer truck can span at least 106 feet, according to the Insurance Information Institute. A qualified and trained trucker should operate a vehicle with these dimensions. However, some truck drivers on the road have previous violations and should not be driving at all.

Intoxicated truck drivers

Intoxicated drivers can cause serious accidents, resulting in catastrophic injuries and death. When truckers have had too much to drink, they may be unable to respond to certain hazards, such as objects in the road, slowing traffic, traffic lights or vehicles that pull out in front of them. Truckers who have been behind the wheel for a long time and have a blood alcohol content level that is over the legal limit are an even greater danger.

Truck driver clearinghouse

A national database, known as the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse lists truck drivers with previous drunk driving violations. The database allows certain entities, such as trucking companies, law enforcement, substance abuse professionals and other administrators, to access information regarding truck driver violations, license suspensions and treatment requirements. The database helps to minimize the number of truckers with driving violations on the road.

Identifying dangerous truck drivers and alerting law enforcement is essential and could help prevent an accident, injury or death from occurring.