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Commercial vehicle drivers face higher standards on the road

Florida drivers must follow the rules of the road. If they don't, there are penalties. The same is even more true for commercial drivers, who have higher standards by virtue of their commercial drivers' licenses. When a commercial driver violates these rules leading to a commercial vehicle accident, injured Floridians may have legal options.

One area in which commercial drivers face higher standards is drinking and driving. Thanks to federal regulations created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, commercial drivers can only have up to a 0.04 blood-alcohol concentration. If they exceed that, then they are deemed over the legal limit. By contrast, the average driver can drive with a BAC of up to 0.08 before being considered to be driving under the influence. Another difference between commercial and non-commercial drivers is that following a commercial vehicle accident, drivers can be drug tested so long as there is reasonable suspicion that the driver was under the influence.

The penalties for commercial drivers are also greater. A commercial driver can have his or her license suspended for longer periods of time, or revoked altogether. Either penalty can be especially severe for commercial drivers, since driving is the core feature of their jobs. If they cannot drive, they cannot do their jobs.

But perhaps the biggest difference between commercial drivers and non-commercial ones is that a commercial crash can often be far more dangerous. For instance, a semi-truck carrying a full load will normally cause far greater damage than someone driving a little Toyota Echo. Floridians injured in one of these crashes may benefit from speaking with an experienced commercial-vehicle-accident attorney, someone who knows how the system works and how to maximize a person's recovery.

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