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Drug Use Among Large Truck Drivers

  • On Behalf Of Edmiston & Colton
  • Published: April 19, 2019

There are many factors that can contribute to a large truck collision, from weather conditions during the time of an accident to traffic conditions and fatigue. However, drug use is especially concerning, and many of the deadly large truck crashes can be blamed on a trucker driving while under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Not only are illegal street drugs a major concern, but prescription drugs (even when they are taken in accordance with a doctor’s recommendations) can also lead to a deadly collision.

Some truck drivers do not realize the extent to which they become intoxicated as a result of abusing certain drugs, while others simply do not care. Truck drivers who take to the road when they are under the influence of any drug, from cocaine and methamphetamine to prescription pain pills, should be held accountable for any accidents that are caused by their actions while they were inebriated.

Drug use behind the wheel can significantly increase the chances of a wreck, causing drivers to become drowsy and inattentive or aggressive while they are on the road. Some truck drivers may even use stimulants in an attempt to stay awake while they are driving for excessive periods of time, which can become even more dangerous when they suffer from truck driver fatigue.

If you were hit by a large truck driver, it is imperative to examine all details concerning the accident. You may come to the conclusion that filing a lawsuit is necessary and you should take a firm stand for your rights.

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