Commercial truck drivers are on the road for hours at a time, often traveling hundreds of miles in a single day. As a result, they may turn to prescription medications or even illegal substances to keep themselves awake and to reduce their level of stress. Unfortunately, these substances which they use to counter the effects of fatigue and isolation can impair their ability to drive safely, endangering the safety of others on the roadway.
The consequences of a truck accident can be severe and may leave you and your family in dire financial straits, in addition to the trauma associated with injuries resulting from a crash. A civil action can help you to pursue justice and financial compensation if your accident was caused by a truck driver who was impaired by drugs. Contact the St. Louis driving on drugs attorneys of the Finney Law Office at 314-646-0300 to discuss your case with a skilled and experienced lawyer.
Substance Abuse Problems
Like drunk driving, drugged driving is illegal. With this law, there is no distinction between a person who uses illegal and one who uses prescription drugs. Either type of substance can interfere with a person’s ability to control their vehicle while on the road. This can lead to the following problems:
- Loss of consciousness
- Inability to make rational decisions
- Agitation and sharp emotional swings
- Compromised vision or hearing
- Inability to focus on the road ahead
- Delayed reaction time
- Increased risk of catastrophic events, including heart attacks
These issues can lead a truck driver to lose control over their vehicle. If they collide with another motorist, they may be held responsible for the damages and injuries they have caused.
If you or someone you love has been injured because of a truck driver’s reckless decision to drive under the influence of drugs, contact the St. Louis driving on drugs lawyers of the Finney Law Office today by calling 314-646-0300.