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What is the BAC Limit for Truck Drivers?

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Commercial Driver BAC Limits and Road Safety

Commercial drivers, such as truck drivers, bus drivers, and other professional drivers operating a vehicle under a commercial driver’s license, are held to much stricter standards than non-commercial drivers when it comes to drinking and driving. Truck drivers who violate the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits can face severe consequences. Here’s what you need to know.


Under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, commercial drivers are considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol if their BAC is 0.04% or higher. The federal limit for non-commercial drivers is 0.08%. FMCSA also mandates that commercial drivers do not operate their vehicles within four hours of consuming alcohol.

Consequences for Commercial Drivers Driving Impaired

Commercial drivers who are caught driving over the BAC legal limit of 0.04 can face criminal charges and the revocation or suspension of their commercial driver’s license (CDL). In addition, anyone injured in an accident caused by a commercial driver has the right to pursue compensation through a civil lawsuit.

What Damages Can You Claim In a Truck Accident Civil Suit?

When pursuing a civil suit, there are two types of damages you can claim: economic and non-economic. Here are some examples of each:

Economic Damages

  • Property damage (damage to the vehicle or property inside of the vehicle)
  • Medical expenses (surgeries, doctors visits, treatments, therapies)
  • Lost wages (income lost from not being able to work due to your injuries

Non-economic Damages

  • Pain and suffering (the impact of the accident and injuries on your mental health)
  • Wrongful death (loss of a loved one who was a family provider)

Hit By A Drunk Commercial Driver? We Are Here To Help.

Drunk driving accidents are serious, and when it involves the massive size of a truck, the injuries can be catastrophic or worse — fatal.

When the careless actions of a commercial driver cause you to suffer severe injuries, we are here to be your advocate holding them responsible. When up against mounting bills due to medical care, treatments, and therapies, we understand how overwhelming this can be for you and your family. Know that you are not alone, and you have the right to receive compensation.

Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C. today at 816-888-8888 to speak with an attorney about your potential case.