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Prescription Drugs can Cause Semi-Truck Accidents

Semis and other large trucks are capable of causing significant damage and serious injury when they are involved in collisions. As a result, the people who drive these vehicles are required to undergo specialized training and obtain commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs). Commercial truck drivers are also subject to stricter standards when it comes to the use of drugs or alcohol while driving. When truck drivers who are violating these rules cause accidents, victims may be able to recover by filing a personal injury claim. Anyone who has been injured in a trucking accident should be certain to consult with an experienced Coweta County personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

 

Commercial truck drivers are prohibited from driving with any illegal drugs in their system, and are subject to extremely low blood alcohol concentration standards.  Truck drivers are also prohibited from using certain prescription drugs if they could adversely affect his or her ability to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. There is no official list of drugs that will officially disqualify a driver from operating a commercial motor vehicle, and these determinations are generally left up to trucking companies and insurance companies. Some of the ways in which prescription drugs could negatively affect a person’s ability to drive include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slowed reactions time
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired motor skills

After a truck accident, it is extremely important to have an attorney review the circumstances of your accident and determine whether there is any evidence of prescription drug use.

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident that you believe may have involved the use of prescription drugs, you should consult with an attorney right away. Truck accidents can entitle victims to significant compensation, covering medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of quality of life, or other damages. The personal injury lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping people injured in trucking accidents recover for their injuries. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia