Most would agree the drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are some
of the safest drivers on the road. Considering their mode of transportation,
they have to be. CMVs can weigh anywhere between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds,
and drivers who control them need to know how they work and how best to
respond to an emergency. However, CMV drivers have incredibly challenging
jobs, which have pushed some of them to respond by taking an increasing
number of drugs or using alcohol.
Drivers who work on a deadline might work against federal regulations by
pushing their work hours past the legal limit. To do this, they might
need stimulants and other drugs to keep awake. However, messing with your
natural sleep cycles is a good way to encourage drowsy driving or falling
asleep behind the wheel, which could have deadly results.
Researchers looked into the substance abuse problem in this industry to
get a sense of how frequently truck drivers use legal and illegal substances
such as alcohol, marijuana, amphetamines, and cocaine. The researchers
found the overall use of illicit substances was high and linked to poor
Depressants, such as alcohol and marijuana, increase sleepiness and decrease
concentration, which could lead to accidents. Likewise, stimulants, such
as amphetamines and cocaine, might keep drivers awake longer but can cause
vertigo, agitation, hallucinations, and change perceptions and reactions—this
can lead to entirely different issues on the road.
Many studies have also linked drug use to other lifestyle factors. Users
are more likely to be young, inexperienced, and have longer routes often
involving nighttime driving. Likewise, small- and medium-sized companies
are more likely to employ drug users, possibly because bigger companies
can provide better working conditions.
If you or a loved one were harmed by the negligence of a drugged truck
driver, don’t hesitate to give our skilled Fort Worth
trucking accident lawyers a call. We are dedicated to helping injury victims seek compensation
for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let us see what
we can do for you.
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