Commercial truck drivers have hard jobs. They’re on a deadline hauling
a 10,000 to 80,000 pound, potential death machine on highways riddled
with inconsiderate passenger cars. Because their jobs are so stressful
and require long hours to do efficiently, a study in 2013 showed truck
drivers have a high use of stimulants and other drugs to get through a shift.
The study was worldwide, including 36 previous studies from places that
rely heavily on trucking, such as Brazil, the United States, and Australia.
The majority of studies also relied only on what drivers admitted to taking
in surveys (only about a dozen were based on physical drug tests).
When drivers were asked, about 50% admitted to drinking and driving, and
30% admitted to using amphetamines. Around 8% of drivers tested positive
for amphetamines, compared to 3% and 4% for alcohol, on average. One study
in the United States had the highest frequency of positive alcohol tests
worldwide (12.5%). Almost 20% of drivers also reported using marijuana
and 3% admitted to using cocaine.
While this study can’t be applied to truckers everywhere, it’s
enough to give people pause. Commercial trucks are large, heavy, and often
difficult to maneuver. If a truck driver is under the influence of some
kind of illegal substance, he or she is more likely to make a mistake
that can get other drivers killed or at least leave them with a debilitating
catastrophic injury (such as a severe traumatic brain injury or paralysis
caused by spinal cord damage) . After the studies had come out, a spokesperson
for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicated the trucking industry had strict
requirements for pre-employment drug testing and random and post-accident
If you suspect your accident with a commercial truck was caused by a driver
under the influence of a controlled substance, make sure to call one of
our skilled Houston personal injury attorneys. Fibich, Leebron, Copeland,
& Briggs is a firm with more than a century of combined legal experience
in personal injury law. We have provided representation for injured victims
and their families for years. Attorney Fibich is board certified in civil
trial law, and Attorneys Briggs and Henderson are both board-certified
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