It’s hard to imagine someone choosing to operate an 18-wheeler while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but it happens every day. This is the reason we have jury trials in the state of Illinois: to force trucking companies to hire sober drivers — or pay the price.
At Healy Scanlon Veugeler Gannon in Chicago, our attorneys hold truck drivers and their employers accountable when their reckless behavior hurts other people. If you have been injured or a loved one killed in a DUI truck accident, our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Even a small amount of alcohol or other drugs in the system of an over-the-road trucker can have an effect on safety factors such as:
Some drivers use stimulants to keep awake while pushing to make a delivery. Others use alcohol — a depressant — under the mistaken impression that it will help them stay awake.
Even if the driver was not over the legal limit in Illinois, his or her alcohol or drug use can be an important factor in your case. As your attorneys, we will immediately collect and preserve evidence such as blood-alcohol test results, drug test results, the trucking company’s hiring procedures and the driver’s history.
There is never a charge to discuss your case with one of our Illinois truck driver accident lawyers. We will review the facts of your case and recommend an effective course of action. To speak to us, call 312-977-0100 or send us an e-mail.