As important as it is for the average Virginia driver to drive safely, it is even more important for truck drivers to drive carefully.
Truck accidents can be absolutely devastating for the other vehicles on the road given how much larger trucks are than the average vehicles on the roads. In addition to following the various driving rules, it is also even more important that truck drivers avoid driving under the influence of alcohol.
Alcohol consumption laws for truck drivers
Most drivers can legally drive after consuming a small amount of alcohol. However, under federal laws, truck drivers cannot consume alcohol or be under the influence of alcohol four hours prior to driving. They also cannot have any alcohol concentration while they are on duty and driving the truck.
The truck companies have a duty to enforce these laws, and if a driver is found to be under the influence of alcohol, they must be not allowed to be on duty for a period of at least 24 hours.
Drinking and driving is a very dangerous activity for drivers. It slows reaction times, makes it difficult to concentrate on the road and can make drivers drowsy. Each of these effects can be dangerous by themselves, but when combined the danger only increases.
That is why it is important that truck drivers in Virginia do not consume any alcohol while on duty. If they do and cause a truck accident, they may be liable for all of the damages that they cause as a result. Experienced attorneys understand how truck accidents affect victims and may be a useful resource.