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Truck Accidents Caused by Alcohol & Drug Use

When we hear the word “truck accident,” we think just that: “accident.” But the sad fact is, many truck crashes are entirely preventable. Most truck accidents are caused by driver error.

For instance, nearly half of all truck accidents are caused by truck drivers who are taking either over-the-counter or prescription medicine. Sometimes, of course, truck drivers need to take medicine—but in those cases, it is imperative that they refrain from driving if the medicine may render them unfit to operate a motor vehicle.

Unfortunately, truck drivers do not always obey this simple and important safety rule. If a truck driver gets behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer while impaired from prescription medicine, the results can be awful, even fatal. That’s why federal regulations mandate that trucking companies must test their drivers for alcohol and drug use, as well as periodically and randomly test drivers both while they are operating their vehicles and after deadly accidents.

Sadly, some truckers attempt to get around these testing requirements with the use of, say, synthetic urine samples. This is reckless and irresponsible, but it does happen. The government requires that trucking businesses acquire drug testing records from previous employers in order to combat this deception.

Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer

All-too-often, however, there are dangerous truckers on the road. A motorist who has been injured by a reckless truck driver deserves compensation so that they can receive the best medical care possible. As an experienced truck accident attorney, I am familiar with the many common causes of truck accidents, and I know how to fight for injured motorists whose lives have been turned upside-down by the negligent and hazardous truck driving. If you’ve suffered injuries because a truck driver was driving when they shouldn’t have been, you deserve compensation. Contact us now 877-544-5323