You know that the average driver cannot drive if he or she has a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Did you know that the number is actually much lower for those who drive commercial vehicles?
As a result, if you're struck by a commercial driver, he or she may actually be considered to be intoxicated, which you can use against him or her in your claim. Drivers with a commercial driver's license, or CDL, are held to a higher standard, and that means they cannot be behind the wheel if they have a BAC of .04 or higher.
Which drivers can't drive with a BAC of .04?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, anyone who drives as a for-hire carrier, private motor carrier, church, civic organization, those who lease or own commercial vehicles and those who assign others to operate commercial vehicles are all held to higher standards than non-commercial drivers.
Is a .04 limit the only regulation that varies regarding alcohol for commercial drivers?
No. Maybe surprisingly, these individuals also cannot operate a vehicle within four hours of drinking. That means that if a driver is at a bar and then gets behind the wheel, a police officer could pull him or her over immediately because of violating the time limit.
How does this variation in law help me?
The difference in this law helps because, as someone who has been hit by a commercial driver, you can immediately prove that the driver was at least partially at fault. That helps your claim go through faster, so you can begin to receive settlement offers and negotiating for what you need after the crash.
Your attorney can talk to you more about the factors that may influence your settlement. With the right help, you should be able to seek a settlement that is enough to cover your immediate and future medical needs, lost wages and other financial necessities.