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Drug-Related Truck Accidents

Drug-Related Truck Accidents: A Silent Menace on the Roads

Commercial trucks, given their size and weight, require the utmost attention and skill to operate safely. However, the presence of drugs, whether illegal or prescription, can severely impair a driver's ability to function effectively. At Hoy Law, we've witnessed the devastating consequences of drug-related truck accidents. Such incidents not only endanger the lives of other road users but also tarnish the reputation of the entire commercial transportation industry.

The Prevalence of Substance Abuse in Commercial Transportation

While many truck drivers adhere to strict safety standards and regulations, there's an alarming segment within the industry where substance abuse is prevalent. The pressures of long hours on the road, tight delivery schedules, and isolation can sometimes lead drivers to seek solace in drugs, with catastrophic results.

Warning Signs of Drug Impairment in Truck Accidents

Identifying drug impairment as a contributing factor in truck accidents is crucial for ensuring justice and preventing future incidents. Some common indicators our attorneys look for include:

  • Toxicology Reports: Samples that test positive for illegal substances or prescription drugs not prescribed to the driver.
  • Eyewitness Accounts: Reports from other road users or witnesses who observed erratic or unusual behavior from the truck driver prior to the accident.
  • Driver Behavior Post-Accident: Instances where the driver attempts to flee the accident scene or resists undergoing chemical testing.
  • Prior Violations: A history of drug violations in the driver's record or any known drug-related incidents reported to their employer.

Our Comprehensive Approach to Investigating Drug-Related Truck Accidents

When drug impairment is suspected in a truck accident, our team at Hoy Law adopts a meticulous approach:

  • Obtaining comprehensive toxicology reports to ascertain the presence of drugs.
  • Reviewing the driver's medical records, personnel files, and any prior positive drug tests.
  • Collaborating with experts to determine the extent of drug impairment and its role in the accident.
  • Holding the trucking company accountable for failing to screen, supervise, or remove drivers with known substance abuse issues.

Advocating for Safer Roads and Stricter Regulations

Every individual has the right to a safe driving environment. Trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure their drivers are fit for duty and free from drug impairment. At Hoy Law, we are committed to holding negligent entities accountable and advocating for stricter drug testing and monitoring protocols in the commercial transportation industry.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident where drug impairment is suspected, reach out to us via email or you can call us for a free consultation. Our dedicated Trucking Accident Lawyers in Sioux Falls  will guide you through the legal process, ensuring you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

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