Truck Drivers and Marijuana Use
Semi trucks are among the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Their size and weight make driving these vehicles very difficult, thus adding to the danger factor behind them. Due to these risks, only the most defensive drivers should be allowed to be truck drivers. Unfortunately, there are truck drivers on the road who are not fit to drive any vehicle.
While most truck drivers abide by the law, there are a number of drivers who operate their vehicles while under the influence of illegal mind-altering substances such as marijuana. In fact, marijuana use has been shown to be more common among truck drivers than alcohol. A recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Traffic Safety found that 15% of truck drivers involved in the study tested positive for marijuana.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in an accident involving a truck driver who was under the influence of marijuana, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact your Iowa truck accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.
Effects of Marijuana on Drivers
Marijuana directly affects the central nervous system in ways that can seriously impair driving, such as:
- Temporary memory loss
- Significantly slowed reaction time
- Difficulty concentrating
Marijuana use among truck drivers can prove to be deadly, not only to truck drivers, but to the people who come near them on the highway.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident involving a truck driver who was under the influence of marijuana, contact your Iowa truck accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.