One of the leading causes of truck accidents in Florida is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Our truck accident lawyers have assisted countless clients injured by intoxicated drivers. We understand the devastating nature of drug and alcohol related truck accidents, which often inflict serious or even fatal injuries. Our attorney team strives to ensure our injured clients and their families obtain the maximum compensation available to cover their considerable losses associated with the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has researched drug use among truckers for over 25 years. The agency discovered that drug use among truckers is a major factor in thousands of fatal and serious truck accidents. The use of illicit drugs is a primary cause of truck accidents, though prescription drugs also play a role.
Methamphetamine has long been a drug of choice for truck drivers because it enables them to stay awake for long hours, which in turn has economic advantages by allowing them to drop off cargo sooner and move on to the next job. Meth is reported to be readily available at most truck stops, further adding to the problem because truckers can so easily purchase the drug. This drug can cause truck drivers to behave erratically, exceed the speed limit, and engage in other dangerous behaviors.
Alcohol and marijuana are other drugs commonly used by truck drivers across the nation. The many lonely hours on the road may propel some truck drivers to drink or use marijuana and other illegal drugs. This reckless behavior can cost the lives of the truck driver and other innocent drivers and passengers around them.
Prescription drug use is a rising problem within the trucking industry. Many truck drivers take prescription drugs for ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. These drugs can impact a driver's reaction time, level of consciousness, perception, and more, making for dangerous driving.
Act Fast If You Have Been Injured in a Truck Accident
If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is imperative that you secure the representation of a licensed truck accident attorney as soon as possible. You will need an attorney on your side to investigate the accident and uncover any potential signs of negligence on the part of the truck driver, which could include drug use. Prescription drugs especially can be hard to detect and can form the basis for negligence, dependent upon the drug, its warnings, and the amount ingested. Call a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to start protecting your legal rights. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and more dependent upon the circumstances of the accident.
Greenberg, Stone & Urbano: Experienced Miami Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in South Florida, the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano can help you get back on your feet. Our exceptional firm offers over 130 collective years of experience representing truck and other traffic accident victims across South Florida. Our dedicated lawyer staff provides legal representation of unmatched excellence, evidenced by our array of awards. We received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and are ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Contact our firm as soon as possible to start on the road to protecting your legal rights. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.