Substance Abuse & Truck Accidents
Research suggests that nearly 90% of semi-truck accidents are caused by driver error; less than 3% are the result of environmental factors. According to truck driver reports, over-the-counter drugs are the 5th most common cause of truck accidents and are a contributing factor to approximately 17% of 18-wheeler crashes.
Substance abuse, which includes prescription and illicit drugs, is another leading factor in large truck accidents. In fact, one study showed that drug and alcohol abuse is more common among truck drivers than the general population. Common drugs associated with drugged driving include marijuana and amphetamines.
These practices are common among underpaid drivers who use stimulants to stay awake behind the wheel to meet strict deadlines and earn more money.
Truck Accidents & Marijuana
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, 12.5% of fatal commercial truck accidents involved marijuana use. Although proponents of marijuana assume that it is a relatively safe drug, the side effects of marijuana use can take up to a full day to wear off. Marijuana is especially dangerous when combined with alcohol.
Truck Accidents and Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is another illegal drug associated with truck driving and truck accidents. Methamphetamine is a stimulant, which means that drivers feel more awake when they are under its influence. This alertness is only an illusion; methamphetamine cannot reduce the risk of an accident.
Compensation for Truck Accidents in Maryland
Driving under the influence of drugs is a criminal offense and a threat to the safety of motorist and pedestrians. If you suffered an injury because a motorist negligently drove under the influence of drugs, you may be able to file an accident claim or lawsuit to recover funds for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs. If you believe that a drugged driver is responsible for your accident, contact a Maryland personal injury lawyer from Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. today.
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