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Drug use high among truck drivers

Truck accidents can result in very serious injuries and fatalities. Commercial trucks can pose many risks on the road. That is why truck drivers are required to be certified and educated on how to safely operate commercial vehicles. 

Despite safety requirements and regulations, many truck drivers still put the public at risk for being in an accident. There are many different ways truck drivers can be hazardous, but a new study found that drug use is a big safety concern in the United States. 

The study found that some truck drivers take stimulants and other drugs during their shift. Researchers looked at truck drivers in the U.S. and throughout the world to see how often they used substances like alcohol, amphetamines, marijuana and cocaine while driving. 

The researchers reported that drug use was high among truck drivers. They reported that truck drivers under the influence of alcohol or marijuana had decreased concentration and were drowsy, which increases the risk of getting into a crash. Drivers who use amphetamines or cocaine pose risks too as these substances can cause vertigo, hallucinations, agitation and changes to reaction times. 

Driving under the influence of stimulants and drugs is very dangerous and increases the risk of a truck accident. Commercial truck drivers can pose serious dangers to everyone else on the road if they have been using alcohol or drugs.

Federal regulations prohibit truck drivers from using stimulants while driving. However, some truck drivers still drive with stimulants, drugs or alcohol in their system. This increases the chances of a truck accident that can result in serious injuries or fatalities to other drivers on the road.

Families of victims of truck accidents should know that they can take legal action against the truck driver and trucking company after an accident. It is also important to know if the truck driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs as it could impact any legal action filed against the driver.

Source: Reuters, "Drug use high among commercial truck drivers: study," Kathryn Doyle, Oct. 25, 2013

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