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Truck Driver Substance Abuse and Truck Accidents

Posted on in Personal Injury
Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconis accident lawyer, drunk driving accidentsCommercial truck drivers have a demanding job. They face long, lonely hours on the road, and their salary is directly related to how hard they are willing to push themselves to keep driving. Consequently, federal law places a variety of restrictions on how long truck drivers are allowed to stay on the road for, in order to reduce the possibility of truck accidents. Unfortunately, many drivers choose to ignore these restrictions, pushing themselves beyond the legal limits. Even more problematically, worldwide research suggests that many of these drivers rely on illegal substances in order to stave off the fatigue and boredom that comes from that type of driving. Drivers who share the road with these trucks should be sure to keep this type of danger in mind. Common Types of Truck Driver Substance Abuse Truck driver substance abuse falls into two main categories, abuse of depressants and abuse of stimulants. Abuse of depressants involves drivers who are using drugs such as marijuana or alcohol when they are behind the wheel. In fact, truck drivers in the United States had the highest incidence of positive tests for alcohol use; 12.5 percent of drivers tested positive. These sorts of drugs can pose a serious danger to drivers sharing the road with truckers because the alcohol and marijuana can impair a driver's concentration, slow their reaction time, and can even cause truckers to fall asleep behind the wheel. The other type of substance abuse that is common for truck drivers is the abuse of stimulants, drugs like cocaine and amphetamines. Truckers often use these sorts of substances to stave off fatigue and keep driving longer. While the fact that these drugs help keep drivers more alert may seem like a good thing, they come with a host of dangerous side effects. Truck drivers using stimulants behind the wheel may experience dizziness, impaired concentration, altered reaction times, and even hallucinations. Responding to a Truck Accident This prevalence of substance abuse among truck drivers adds an extra dimension to the way in which people should respond to trucking accidents. Acquiring evidence of possible substance abuse during the crash can make it easier to prove fault in the case. People should also be aware of the special laws related to substance abuse that apply to truck drivers. For instance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has placed a lower legal BAC limit on truck drivers. Rather than the ordinary 0.08 percent legal limit, truck drivers are considered intoxicated if their BAC rises above 0.04 percent. Trucking accidents can lead to serious injuries because of commercial trucks' massive size. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, and want to learn more about your rights, contact a skilled Milwaukee personal injury attorney today. Our team of lawyers is here to help you fight for the full and fair compensation that you deserve.

 

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