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Drug Use a Significant Factor in Trucking Accidents

Accidents that involve semi-trucks often involve catastrophic injuries, most often to the passengers of the vehicles that these trucks hit. Because of the sheer mass and of these vehicles, a collision can cause tremendous damage to anything that they hit. As a result, there are extensive state and federal regulations that aim to maximize trucker and truck driver safety. Unfortunately, however, these regulations are not always followed, and the consequences can be disastrous to everyone involved. Because of the complicated issues involved in trucking accident cases, it is important to retain an attorney that known how to handle these cases. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are experienced truck accident attorneys who are here to help you recover for your injuries.

According to data published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), drug use by truck drivers has been a significant factor in accidents involving trucks. Truck drivers are particularly susceptible to drug use, based upon the long hours on the road, the relative isolation of the job, the pressure to meet deadlines, and the desire to stay alert. Stimulants are particularly attractive to truck drivers as they allow them to stay awake and alert longer than they normally would, allowing them to drive farther. Even with strict federal and state regulations, truck drivers who use drugs continue to present a public safety problem. Some statistics from the NTSB include:

  • Almost 35 percent of truck drivers who are killed in accidents test positive for illegal drugs
  • The drugs most commonly used by truck drivers include alcohol and marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines or methamphetamines, other stimulants, and PCP and codeine.
  • Of all truck accidents that occur in part due to driver fatigue, a third also test positive for drugs
  • Truck accidents that involve drugs occur most often on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

While it is impossible to completely eliminate risk, there are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of being involved in a trucking accident:

  • Avoid being in a truck’s blind spots
  • Use extra caution in poor driving conditions
  • Do not follow a truck too closely
  • Be aware of trucks when merging onto the highway

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a consultation

If you have been injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer, you may be entitled to significant compensation.  The Law Offices of Shane Smith are comprised of experienced truck accident attorneys who are dedicated to representing the interests of people injured in trucking accidents. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Coweta County truck accident attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia