The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered a California-based driver off the road after committing a series of violations. He was cited by Illinois police on March 21 for DUI after he was found to have a blood alcohol content of .308 percent during a traffic stop. In addition to the DUI, he was cited for failing to keep logbooks for the previous seven days as well as illegally transporting alcohol.
This was not the first time that the driver had been cited for alcohol offenses. Therefore, the FMCSA issued the order out of concern that his continued driving could put others on the road at serious risk of injury or death. The order also says that the man's overall record suggests that he was unwilling or unable to stop driving after consuming alcohol.
In 2012, the driver was cited twice for refusing to take a alcohol breath test while driving in Connecticut. The first offense occurred on Nov. 2 of that year, which resulted in an eight-month CDL suspension. On Dec. 12, he was cited again, and it resulted in a 15-month CDL suspension. He also received a year suspension in 2007 after a conviction related to DUI offenses in the state of Massachusetts.
If an individual is killed in a truck accident because of a driver's negligence, the surviving family members may want to have the assistance of a personal injury attorney in filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In addition to the truck driver, the trucking company itself could be held responsible for the losses that the plaintiffs have incurred.