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Driver Negligence – Drug Use

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Driving under the influence (DUI) is the act of driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs to the extent of impairing mental and motor skills. This applies to legal and illegal drugs, including over-the-counter and prescription medications. It is the most commonly committed crime in the United States since there are more vehicles on the roads than ever before; it has become a serious problem.

Truck drivers are not paid unless they are on the road making deliveries. Many are fatigued from long hours on the roadways. Some turn to stimulant drug use for that extra boost of energy – for the last 100 miles needed to make another delivery. Both prescription & over the counter (OTC) drug use is a very common cause for trucking accidents.

If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident where the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, The Garcia Law Firm can help you recover compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages.

Overview
A truck driver’s income depends on the amount of loads, hours and miles he or she puts in daily. In order to stay awake, some drivers will take stimulants. These include:

• Methamphetamines
• Pseudoephedrine (Nasal decongestant)
• Cocaine

Others use drugs and alcohol to mask their boredom or depression. These include:

• Marijuana
• Vicodin and other prescription pain killers
• Alcohol

The law requires motor carriers to test their commercial truck drivers for alcohol and/or drugs. In spite of this testing, the National Transportation Safety Board indicated that 33% of fatally injured drivers had drugs in their blood. Studies show that even a low concentration of blood alcohol (less than 0.04%) can significantly affect driving skills. If a truck driver is shown to have been intoxicated while driving, he or she is automatically considered negligent. Under state negligence laws, the issue becomes how much of the driver’s negligence contributed to the accident.

Driving under the influence of drugs is no safer than driving under the influence of alcohol. Marijuana can affect concentration, reaction and perception for up to 24 hours after use. It has been found that Marijuana was a factor in over 12% of fatal trucking accidents.

Many truck drivers indicate that it is easy to find methamphetamines at truck stops on their routes. These drugs have become useful to keep the driver awake for long periods. A survey showed that one in five truckers use stimulants on some trips.

If you were involved in a trucking accident where the truck driver might have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is important you seek assistance from an experienced truck accident attorney - The Garcia Law Firm. Call us today at (800) 281-8515 for a free confidential consultation. We care, we listen, and we will help you.

 

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