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Truck Drivers and Drug Use

Commercial truck drivers spend many hours, days, and even weeks of the year in the cabs of their trucks alone, staring out at the monotonous highway. It is no surprise that truck drivers often become bored, tired, or even depressed at times during their careers. Unfortunately, many truck drivers do not take the needed time off work or seek the appropriate help for their dissatisfaction. Instead, many commercial truck drivers turn to different kinds of drug use to solve various problems. Driving a vehicle, especially a large truck, while under the influence of illegal drugs is illegal and extremely dangerous. If a truck driver causes an accident and injuries because of driving under the influence of drugs, they should be held liable for their actions and compensate any accident victims to the fullest extent. An experienced truck accident attorney in Coweta County can help accident victims receive the settlement they deserve from the responsible driver.

 

Drugs are often widely available to drivers at truck stops and other similar establishments. Many truck drivers use illegal drugs for the following reasons:

 

  • Entertainment
  • To combat depression
  • To stay awake or alert during long shifts on the road

 

These are only a few of the reasons that drivers may choose to use illegal drugs while on the road. Whatever a driver’s individual reason may be, it does not change the fact that this behavior is illegal and highly dangerous, and often causes accidents and injuries.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

Truck drivers know that driving their large commercial trucks under the influence of drugs is against trucking regulations as well as the state law. When a driver breaks the law and causes injury, a court will generally find that driver to have been automatically negligent and will hold them liable for the accident victim’s losses. If you have been injured in an accident, do not hesitate to contact an experienced truck accident lawyer for help today. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free initial consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia