Impaired driver is a term that refers to any person operating a motor vehicle when they are not in a fit state to do so. This can include when a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, exhausted, distracted with something like a cell phone, or having a medical condition that makes driving a hazard. A medical condition can be as general as driving without required glasses or as complicated as uncontrolled narcolepsy.
If you are pulled over or in an accident when any of these conditions occur, you will be considered an impaired driver and can be held negligent. Impaired driver is vague and can apply to a wide variety of situations, but it’s most commonly used to refer to a driver who has been drinking or using prescription or recreational drugs. Distracted driver is a more accurate term used in situations when a driver is texting and driving or using a smartphone.
A personal injury attorney may be able to provide more information and guidance if you’ve been involved in a truck accident.