When a truck driver gets into his vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol, the consequences can be deadly. Many large commercial trucks weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. It’s frightening to consider the devastating accidents that can occur when a truck driver is under the influence.
Federal trucking regulations strictly prohibit truck drivers from using drugs or alcohol while on duty. These laws also require trucking companies to test drivers for drugs and alcohol when they are hired, after being involved in a serious truck accident, and at random intervals during their employment. Yet, despite these regulations, drug and alcohol use among truck drivers still remains rampant.
Many truck drivers are forced to work long hours in order to make deadlines. This often compels drivers to turn to drugs such as amphetamines in order to stay awake through the shift. Unfortunately, these drugs also impair a truck driver’s ability to safely operate his vehicle.
If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by a truck driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. New York truck accident attorney Marc Albert will fight aggressively to make sure your rights are protected every step of the way.
Please contact the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert today to schedule your free truck accident consultation. Mr. Albert serves clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area from his offices in Queens, Manhattan, and Long Island.