A case involving a drunk commercial truck driver may shock people in Lousiana. In the case, which was charged on March 21, a California truck driver was pulled over in Illinois with a blood alcohol concentration of more than seven times over the legal limit applicable to commercial vehicle drivers.
The man has several prior convictions for driving his truck during alcohol-related offenses. He was convicted in Connecticut in November 2012 for refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test. Following that conviction, his license was suspended by the state for eight months. Despite the suspension, the man was reportedly convicted again in December 2012 for also refusing to submit, and his license was suspended for a 15-month period. In 2007, he was convicted in Massachusetts for committing several DUI convictions there while driving his truck.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an off-the-road order following the man's most recent arrest. This means the man will not be legally allowed to drive commercially, and the FMCSA said the move was necessary because the man's history shows he will not stop driving his truck while drunk. It is not clear how the man was able to keep his CDL in California given his record.
When a commercial vehicle accident happens, people in other vehicles have a strong likelihood of being killed. Because of the dangers posed by large trucks, the industry is highly regulated by the federal government. When a truck driver repeatedly drives while intoxicated, both the driver and the employing carrier may be held liable for negligence in any resulting wrongful death lawsuit if a fatal accident happens. Families of victims may want to consult with personal injury attorneys about their recovery rights.
Source: Overdrive Online, "FMCSA shuts down Calif.-based driver after multiple DUI convictions," April 4, 2016