According to reports, five individuals traveling in a cab were injured when the cab collided head-on with a tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer was being driven by Bernard Tropp, 44, who is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. The crash occurred on Dean Martin around 9:00 p.m. when the truck, which was pulling a flatbed trailer, drifted into a two-way turn lane.
The cab driver stated that he saw the truck drift into his lane and, in response, swerved to avoid crashing. However, the vehicles collided head-on. The truck driver fled the scene on foot, but witnesses followed him and led police to him. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence as well as felony hit-and-run. The cab driver only suffered minor injuries while his four passengers suffered moderate to critical injuries. The passengers were taken to University Medical Center. Police are still investigating the crash.
DUI and Truck Drivers
Did you know that specific drivers on the road are held to a higher standard of care? These include truck drivers, bus drivers and other professional drivers who have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). These professional drivers must adhere to the strict rules established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). One reason these drivers are held to a higher standard of care is because the risks are much higher for victims in accidents caused by larger vehicles than smaller vehicles. Someone who is driving drunk in a commercial vehicle not only poses a serious risk to themselves but to the public at large. The driver also exposes his or her employer to liability.
Most states enforce the FMCSA regulations for commercial drivers and the consumption of alcohol. This means that the legal blood-alcohol concentration limit for a commercial truck driver is 0.04 percent, or half the BAC limit for those who are non-commercial drivers. The FMCSA rules also state that commercial truck drivers are prohibited from operating a commercial vehicle within four hours of consuming alcohol.
Liability and Commercial DUI
When a driver is drunk and causes an accident, it does not matter if he or she is driving a commercial vehicle or a passenger vehicle; the driver may be held responsible for the resulting damages. This includes injuries, fatalities and other damages. If you have been injured by a commercial truck driver or someone else, speak with the legal team at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas today. We have the experience and knowledge to help you build your case and best represent you.