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Truck accidents, alcohol and drugs

You may already be aware of how dangerous trucks can be, especially when drugs and alcohol involved. The sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles are enough to make you leery when you drive near them on the roads. The thought of truckers driving while intoxicated is downright frightening. 

Because of the nature of their jobs, truckers are held to higher standards than other motorists. Commercial vehicle operators are not allowed to consume or use any substance that could lead to impairment four hours before they are to report to work. They must also submit to regular drug and alcohol testing. 

Truckers and impairment are dangerous 

Truck accidents that involve drugs and alcohol often lead to catastrophic results. The risk of serious injuries and death are high. Some truckers drink just enough alcohol so they have a low BAC level and can continue to function and perform their jobs. However, the signs of impairment often start after the first drink. 

Avoiding drunk truckers 

Because the signs of intoxication often mirror those of fatigue and distractions, you may not know when you are driving near a trucker who has consumed alcohol. You should not risk your safety or that of your passengers and other motorists. If you notice a truck weaving in and out of its lane, you should move as many lanes away from it as possible. You may want to consider altering your commute so you can reach your destination without being near that commercial vehicle. 

If altering your commute is not possible, pull over to a safe spot on the side of the road and contact the authorities to report the trucker. Try to recall as much information as you can about the vehicle’s description and license plate. Reporting truckers who exhibit suspicious and reckless driving behaviors helps to lower the chances of you re-encountering them and keeps other motorists from becoming victims.

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