Drugged Driving Lawsuits
Impaired Driving, Missouri Law, & Your Rights
Impaired driving – including driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence of drugs – has become an overwhelmingly serious problem on American roads and highways. Each year, impaired driving claims the lives of thousands of Americans, and injures even more. A drunk or drugged driver can pose serious risks to public safety. When an impaired driver is behind the wheel of a commercial semi-truck or 18-wheeler that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, the risks of serious accidents, injuries, or wrongful death increase dramatically.
Strict Truck Driver Drug Policies
Just as truck drivers are held to strict drunk driving laws, they are also required to abide by strict drug policies. Truck drivers are prohibited from driving under the influence of both illegal drugs and prescription medications that impair their ability to safely operate a vehicle. Unfortunately, drug use among truck drivers is widespread, and drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine, and other stimulants have been found to play a role in many
Who can be held liable?
Because impaired truck drivers pose such extreme risks on public roadways, they are required to abide by strict regulations. Trucking companies are also obligated to play a role in ensuring that their drivers do not get behind the wheel. When truck drivers fail to abide by these rules – or when trucking companies fail to keep impaired drivers off the road – they can each potentially be held liable for any damages victims suffer as a result.
Trucking companies are required to take reasonable steps to reduce the likelihood of preventable accidents. By not performing routine drug tests, not identifying signs of drug abuse, and not getting drivers the help they need, they create a potential for danger. In the event that drivers disobey drug policies and trucking companies continue to allow them to drive, liability may fall on trucking companies.
Learn More About Your Rights During a Free Consultation
Driving under the influence of drugs is a negligent, dangerous, and illegal act. Any motorist – including truck drivers – who causes an accident or injury while driving under the influence can be held liable for victims' damages. If you or your loved one has recently been injured in a truck accident caused by an impaired driver, allow our truck accident attorneys in Missouri to review your case, inform you of your rights, and explain how we can fight for the compensation you deserve.
For a free consultation, call (800) 391-4318 or complete a case evaluation form. Our Missouri truck accident lawyers are here to help you.