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Truck Law Violations – Drug Use

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Driving under the influence (DUI) is the act of driving a truck after consuming drugs to the extent of impairing mental and motor skills. A truck driver’s drug abuse is taken seriously by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Commercial truck drivers have strict Federal standards regarding the use of drugs while on the road.

If you were hit by a truck driver who was driving beyond the speed limit, drugs may have played a role in his behavior. The Garcia Law Firm has the expertise to expose truck drivers who drive while under the influence of drugs.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations state that drugs are prohibited within four hours of going on the road – this is a primary cause of trucking accidents. A driver who violates these rules will be removed by the trucking company from driving for twenty-four hours – there is no legal limit for truck drivers.

Drug Use
Commercial drivers must have a commercial driver’s license. In order to get a commercial driver’s license, routine drug testing is done. Drug use can impair a driver’s decision-making, vision and reaction times.

Many drivers believe smoking marijuana helps them drive safely. This is not true. Marijuana is not safe for truck drivers or those who share the road with them. It slows the driver’s reaction time and leaves him or her with poor concentration skills. The National Transportation Board found that use of marijuana contributed to 12.5% of fatal truck accidents.

Another common drug used is methamphetamines. Truckers believe it is an easy pick-me up for that long haul. In a survey, 85% of truck drivers said methamphetamines are available at most truck stops and one in five drivers use stimulants on some of their trips. However, side effects are hand shaking, jitters, and fatigue after the high comes down.

Drug Testing
Federal regulations require regular testing by truck carriers to ensure their drivers are not under the influence of drugs. Unless a driver is under the care of a licensed physician, he or she is not allowed to use a controlled substance prior to or during work hours.

Truck drivers are responsible for safe operation of their commercial vehicles on the roadways. Any time a commercial truck is involved in an accident that causes injury, a post-accident drug test must be performed. If you were involved in this accident, the results of the testing can be incriminating to the trucking company and driver. Contact The Garcia Law Firm at (800) 281-8515, we will fight for you so you can be compensated for medical expenses, lost wages and punitive damages. Call us today.

 

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