Each year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducts random drug testing on commercial drivers, including semi-truck drivers, to promote safety on national roadways and to take drugged drivers off the road. In 2012, 287 drugged bus and truck drivers were taken off the road and 128 trucking companies were sanctioned as a result of the random drug testing.
Federal regulations require drug testing of truck drivers for marijuana, cocaine / crack, opiates, amphetamines, and phencyclidine (“PCP”). A positive test for any of these drugs will result in disciplinary action that may include the loss of a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Despite these checks and prohibitions, there are still drugged truck drivers on the road, presenting a hidden danger to others who share the road with them. If you or a family member was injured in a truck accident anywhere in the United States, please contact an Atlanta-based truck driver negligence attorney at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, or call (800) 242-2962 for a free case evaluation.
Drugged drivers make the roadways dangerous for everyone. Impaired truck drivers, with slowed reaction times, altered problem solving skills and diminished focus on the road ahead are a hidden danger to others sharing the road with over-the-road truckers.
Drugged driving problems are not limited to illegal drugs. Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medication can so impair a driver that he or she becomes a danger behind the wheel, especially of an 18-wheeler. It is not always obvious that a driver is drugged or driving while under the influence. An accident caused by a drugged truck driver may actually appear to be caused by:
Federal regulations require a truck driver to submit to chemical testing within hours of a wreck if he or she was involved in a fatal truck crash or if he or she was involved in a collision that resulted in personal injury. Trucking companies are also required to conduct random drug testing of their employees and must keep detailed records of the tests and the test results.
Drugged driving truck accidents and the serious injuries that result from them are preventable. At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, our attorneys have the experience to hold impaired drivers and their employers responsible for the injuries you suffered because they did not follow the law. We have obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of injured clients across the country because we prepare every case for trial and are ready to fight for the rights of each of our clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent truck driver and suspect that he or she was high, stoned, on drugs or otherwise impaired when the collision occurred, our experienced trial lawyers can help you get justice and seek the compensation you deserve. We handle truck wreck cases nationwide. Contact our Atlanta office at (800) 242-2962 for a free consultation.