Truck drivers who travel long distances often feel tired and sleepy. These are just two possible types of impairment truck drivers may experience while driving large trucks. Others may drink while driving and some may have medical conditions.
A type of impairment can also be caused by distractions. These issues can lead to catastrophic collisions with passenger cars that often result in death or severe catastrophic injury. It is important that drivers do not cause any impairment due to the sheer size and potential damage these trucks can cause.
Truck drivers who are under the influence alcohol or drugs will be more likely to cause or contribute to a collision on the roads. These accidents occur every year in the United States. These incidents may be shared by other vehicles, but the larger commercial trucks cause more property damage and serious injury to other drivers. It is possible to obtain damages from large commercial vehicle owners for the harm they have caused. Sometimes, the company can be compensated instead of the driver.
Drugs and alcohol can cause impairment
Many instances have occurred where commercial truck drivers were caught under the influence. These drugs can affect the ability to think clearly, reason, judge situations, calculate distances, and make decisions while driving large trucks. Most of the drugs used are prescription or narcotics. It is possible for big rig drivers to be caught driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is important to not drive if prescription drugs are affecting someone.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enforces strict drug and alcohol testing. These tests are mandatory for large truck drivers and serve both safety purposes as well as legal and insurance purposes. These screenings are part of extensive insurance policies that cover trucking companies’ liability and responsibility to consumers and passengers. These businesses frequently conduct random checks for alcohol and drugs. These screenings are required when a trucker causes an accident.
Alcohol and drug effects on truck drivers
Drivers can be affected by side effects of alcohol and other drugs. These drugs can slow down response times and cause delays in reflexes. They also may affect judgment when it comes to deciding how to handle a situation. This can result in a reduction of skill and unsafe and responsible truck operation. It is often harder to avoid a collision and it is more difficult to maneuver around other vehicles. These impairments can also lead to drivers falling asleep behind the wheel or driving on the wrong side. Accidents can occur when these conditions are present.
Truck drivers may have difficulty driving even if prescription medication is taken. Side-effects that cause sleepiness or distraction can lead to drowsiness, sleepy conditions, and a decreased ability to pay attention to road signs and other warning signs. Although some drugs can be used to keep you awake, they are not effective in keeping you focused. These drugs can cause jitteriness and high-strungness in people. These individuals can crash or become fatigued after they wear off. This often causes them to fall asleep while driving.
Processing a Truck Accident Claim
Truckers who cause an accident can be sued for damages. Compensation may be available to cover lost wages, pain and suffering due to the accident and the trauma that the victim has experienced. These are all possible. However, it is easier to prove some impairments than others. To ensure that everything is done correctly and in a timely fashion, it is a good idea to hire a lawyer. In many cases where injuries are involved, there is a statute that limits the time a suit can be filed. These professionals can ensure that everything is documented and completed correctly.