The opioid crisis continues to rage across America, affecting millions of families. More and more people are becoming addicts, and with the rise of powerful drugs such as fentanyl, the number of overdose deaths continues to increase. The ready availability of these pharmaceuticals, either by prescription shopping or illegal purchases, has attracted the attention of law enforcement at the community, state, and Federal levels.
This rise in drug use has happened in all areas of society, with stay-at-home mothers and investment bankers alike seeing spikes in drug addiction. Particularly hard hit seem to be those who operate machinery for a living. Among transportation drivers and other vehicle operators required to take drug tests by the Federal government, there has been a significant spike in the number of failed tests.
Though big rig drivers are not among those mandated to provide urine samples, it is likely the uptick in drug use is just as common among truck drivers as among train drivers and other transportation personnel. In fact, long haul drivers have long been recognized to have higher rates of drug usage, particularly methamphetamines and pain killers, due to their long hours and the physical toll driving and loading trucks take on their bodies. And considering the spike in failed drug tests has occurred among people who know they will be tested, those without the threat of testing might be more likely to abuse.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a truck accident, determining whether or not the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs can go a long way towards explaining what went wrong. Please, consult with an experienced attorney regarding the details of your case and hold the truck driver responsible for their dangerous actions.