Last March, a flatbed truck driver drove directly into incoming traffic. The crash claimed the lives of a 45 year old man and a 74 year old woman. A few months later, a police investigation revealed that the driver – who walked away from the accident relatively unscathed – was drunk at the time of the crash, and had a revoked driver’s license to boot.
Because of an administrative error, the driver’s license,which was revoked in Virginia and suspended in Louisiana, was still valid in Tennessee. Here’s the thing, though – that doesn’t excuse the fact that the trucking firm hired him. Had they performed even a cursory background check on the driver, they would have easily uncovered his criminal history.
Had they done even a little bit of legwork, the two victims of the crash would still be alive.
But they didn’t. And unfortunately, as I’ve shown in previous pieces, that sort of negligence isn’t exactly unusual in the trucking industry. There are plenty of trucking firms that skimp on background checks and other such tasks; there are plenty of careless managers who give the wheel to people who’ve no business having it.
The best way to protect yourself from such negligence is to train yourself to spot impaired driving. If you know a driver cannot be trusted on the road, you can generally protect yourself from them. To that end, MADD identifies the following red flags of impaired driving:
- Quick acceleration or deceleration
- Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
- Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
- Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
- Stopping without cause or erratic braking
- Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
- Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
- Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
- Straddling the center lane marker
- Driving with headlights off at night
- Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
- Turning abruptly or illegally
- Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road
In the event that, in spite of your best efforts, you or a loved one ends up injured in an accident with an impaired trucker, contact Bormaster Law. We’ve a long history of taking trucking companies to task for their corruption, and you have our word that we won’t let them get away with their crimes. Consultations are free – reach out, and we’ll help you take back your life.