Driving Under The Influence

Alcohol And Stimulants Often Contribute To Truck Accidents

If you’ve been seriously injured in a trucking accident in which the driver was driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, stimulants, meth or other amphetamines, Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C., can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve. With a team of 11 attorneys and three investigators, we will examine each detail of the circumstances leading up to your accident and present your case either in settlement negotiations or in the courtroom.

For a free consultation, contact Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C., today. Our law offices have won major cases for DUI victims in the past, including a $29 million verdict for the family of a man who was killed when a truck driver using methamphetamines crossed over the centerline.

Why Truckers Use Stimulants

Because truck drivers make more money the faster they deliver their loads, they are likely to try to put in as many hours and miles as possible, even though 15 hours is the legal daily limit. In order to stay awake and alert for the extra hours, or even during a normal shift, some will take stimulants such as methamphetamines, cocaine, speed and other drugs.

In this way, there can be a real financial incentive for truckers to drive under the influence of controlled substances. While meth, cocaine and amphetamines may make the driver feel as though they are better able to pay attention to the road, the clear truth is that they are not. Over a long enough time driving under the influence, a trucking accident becomes inevitable, causing catastrophic personal injuries or even wrongful death among the passengers of the other vehicle or vehicles involved.

Negligent Supervision Enables Drug Abuse

For this behavior to go unchecked, employers must look the other way and ignore even the most obvious signs of drug abuse. This behavior constitutes negligent supervision, for which we will seek compensation to the fullest extent possible.

If you’ve been injured by a truck driver driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C., today, and we’ll start investigating your accident as quickly as possible.