Commercial drivers, including truck drivers, are held to a higher standard than other drivers concerning impaired driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established standards for commercial drivers related to impaired driving. Commercial accidents and truck accidents can be particularly serious and costly physically, financially and emotionally for victims, so it is important that truck drivers are not careless on the roadways.
Impaired truck drivers can threaten public safety and can also be liable when they injure victims in a truck accident. Drivers and employers that may be liable when an impaired commercial truck driver has caused an accident can include individuals or companies that lease commercial vehicles; individuals or companies that employ commercial drivers; local, state and federal governments; private motor carriers, and others.