San Francisco Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck Driver Drug Usage
Drug usage in the United States is one of the top reasons for automobile and truck
accidents. Million of Americans use some kind of drug for medicinal purposes.
Abuse of controlled substances and drugs is often linked with terrible
vehicular accidents and collisions on major streets and highways. Drug
abuse is the use of illicit drugs or the abuse of prescription or over-the-counter
drugs for purposes other than those for which they are indicated or in
a manner or in quantities other than directed. Most common cases of substance
abuse involve alcohol-related accidents (DUI or
In one NHTSA study, samples were analyzed qualitatively for alcohol and
43 other drugs. Alcohol was the most prevalent drug, and was found in
51.5% of the crashes; other drugs were found in 17.8% of the crashes.
The study found cannabinoids present in 6.7% of the drivers, cocaine in
5.3%, benzodiazepine in 2.9% and amphetamines in 1.9%. All other drugs
combined were found in less than 5.0% of the drivers. Drugs were found
in conjunction with alcohol in 11.4% of the cases.
Non-medical purposes included misusing prescription drugs for recreation
and for psychic effects–to get high, to have fun, to get a lift,
or to calm down, and for relaxing effects. Alcohol, marijuana, heroin,
cocaine, and amphetamines are some of the intoxicating controlled substances
responsible for truck accidents. For fatally injured drivers, cannabis
had the highest percentages testing positive, ranging from 7% to 37% with
a mean of 14%. The mean percentages of each of the other five drugs amounted
to about 5% or less.
The rules and regulations that govern the usage policy of drugs are very
strict. These are applicable even for over-the-counter drugs or medicines.
Some drugs or medicines can impair truck driver’s judgment, can
make the driver over-react. They also have adverse effect on the reaction
time of the driver. All these can cause an accident. Consumption of alcohol
has the same effects on the driver’s ability to drive. The law strictly
prohibits the truck driver from operating a commercial vehicle in case
if the truck driver takes (or need to take) a drug or a medicine that
affects the drivers ability to safely operate the vehicle. This regulation
includes prescription, illegal or even over-the-counter drugs or medicines.
If you have been involved in a trucking accident,
contact Scarlett Law Group for a
free consultation to discuss your case with an expert. We have the necessary expertise you
need to ascertain the exact cause of the accident and represent your legal