Federal regulation subpart A § 392.4* regulates the use of drugs and other narcotic substances by truck drivers and clearly states:
No truck driver shall be on duty and possess, be under the influence of, or use, any of the following drugs or other substances:
- Any 21 CFR 1308.11 Schedule I substance
- An amphetamine or any formulation thereof (including, but not limited, to “pep pills” and “bennies”)
- A narcotic drug or any derivative thereof
- Any other substance, to a degree that renders the driver incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle.
- No motor carrier shall require or permit a driver to violate paragraph (a) of this section.
Regarding the drinking of alcohol by truck drivers prior to driving a commercial truck, Subpart A § 392.5** of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations states clearly:
No truck driver shall:
- Use alcohol … or be under the influence of alcohol, within four hours before going on duty or operating, or having physical control of, a commercial motor vehicle
- Use alcohol, be under the influence of alcohol, or have any measured alcohol concentration or detected presence of alcohol, while on duty, or operating, or
- in physical control of a commercial motor vehicle.
At Wocl Leydon, LLC, we think these federal trucking regulations say everything that needs to be said about truck driver and truck company liability when a truck driver causes an accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident caused by a DUI truck driver anywhere in Connecticut, callus immediately. We are aggressive defenders of people’s rights in personal injury and wrongful death cases. We have an excellent record of success and our reputation for effective case preparation and presentation of facts precedes us when we sit down to negotiate for full and fair compensation, or take your case to trial.
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