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How Big of a Problem Is Drug & Alcohol Use Among Truckers?

Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol continues to be a huge problem in the United States, though the incidences have decreased over the years. Truck drivers are also subject to the temptations and pitfalls associated with alcohol abuse and a tough job. Commercial truck drivers deal with an enormous amount of stress and long hours on the road, which can be hard on them psychologically, emotionally, and physically. Likewise, because their jobs often involve extended hours and deadlines, truckers are more likely to use amphetamines and other drugs to keep awake.

According to several studies, around half of the truckers who participated in surveys admitted to drinking and driving, and 30% admitted to using amphetamines, on average. A U.S. study had the highest frequency of positive alcohol tests worldwide—around 12.5%.

Because of the difficulty of the job, many truckers might fall back on substance abuse, which can affect the quality of their driving. Alcohol and other depressants can make people slow to respond to stimuli. This sluggishness is dangerous on the road, especially for drivers of commercial trucks, which can weigh anywhere between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds.

If you suspect your accident with a commercial truck was caused by an inebriated or intoxicated driver, you might be eligible for compensation. Scarzafava & Basdekis is dedicated to helping the victims of negligence seek compensation for their hospital bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Let our Otsego County truck accident attorneys help you hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence.

Contact us at (607) 432-9341 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation with us today.

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