Alcohol and drug abuse mixed with all other factors that can contribute to a truck accident is a deadly combination. Almost 50% of all truck drivers involved in tractor trailer and trucking accidents are under the influence of alcohol or drugs that include methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana. Many simply state that the long hours and time away from many of their families have led them into a life of alcohol and drug abuse in an attempt to “get the job done” and keep themselves amused and in good spirits. Please call our Phoenix truck accident lawyers today if you or a loved one have been injured.
However, there are no excuses for such erratic behavior. Especially when it is at the cost of so many innocent people. When a truck driver is behind the wheel they should take precautions as they have a responsibility and a duty to the safety of everyone around them to exercise special care and caution while driving. When a truck driver acts negligently and recklessly resulting in a truck accident they can then be charged not only with DUI (driving under the influence) or DUID (driving under the influence of drugs); but also vehicular manslaughter.
In the trucking industry there are requirements that go along with being issued a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) that include the regular alcohol and drug screening or testing by the trucking company. When testing is not regularly done and a truck accident occurs due to the driver being under the influence of alcohol or drugs then the trucking company will also be partially to blame and held liable.
Please contact a Phoenix truck accident attorney at our firm immediately if you or a loved one have been seriously or fatally injured in a tractor trailer and truck accident in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Gilbert or Chandler, Arizona. We can file a personal injury or wrongful death claim, in the attempt to achieve monetary compensation for any damages received as a result of the truck accident.
Alcohol and drug abuse to blame for injuries or wrongful death? Contact a lawyer today!