Truck drivers are often under pressure to pick up and deliver goods across hundreds or thousands of miles. As a result, many drive uninterrupted for long periods of time, sometimes in violation of state and federal restrictions on drive time hours. In order to stay on schedule and drive for extended periods of time, some drivers use stimulants and "uppers" to stay awake.
These drugs can lead to excessive speeding, paranoia, sleep depression, and other side effects that impair a truck driver's ability to drive safely and responsibly. At The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery, our attorneys work with investigators, lab technicians, drug experts, and other professionals in holding truck drivers financially responsible for accidents caused by drug use. If the truck driver who hit you was driving erratically or speeding excessively, drug use may have played a role.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, contact the San Antonio truck accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery today. Call (210) 774-6445 or submit an online form.
Illegal Drugs & Truck Drivers
Certain kinds of drugs and narcotics can be detected in the blood weeks after their original use. In cases involving drug use and truck accidents, it may not be immediately evident that drug use played a role in impairing a truck driver's judgment or response time. If our attorneys are brought into a case early on, they can request that a driver be given a drug test to determine if any traces of illicit drugs are in their system.
Since drivers are often under pressure to drive long hours—some of them "off the clock"—the use of "bennys" and other stimulants are not uncommon. Using lab results, we look at the speed a truck was traveling, how long a driver had been driving, and whether evidence of erratic driving was involved.
The Cost of Serious Injuries Sustained in Truck Accidents
Most injuries in truck accidents are catastrophic, involving head trauma, spinal cord damage, amputations, and burns. To ensure our clients receive compensation proportional to the financial needs created by their injuries, our San Antonio truck accident lawyers consult medical economists and life care planners. We look at the cost of surgery, hospitalization, in-home nursing care, medical equipment, rehabilitation, and lost wages.
We have the investigative resources and knowledge needed to expose truck drivers who cause accidents while driving under the influence of drugs. Our firm serves clients in San Antonio and throughout the state of Texas.
To schedule an appointment and learn how we can help build your case, contact us online or by phone at (210) 774-6445 today.