How Drug Use Can Lead to Truck Accidents

Truck accidents caused by drug use are all too common. Whether the drug involved was an illegal drug or prescription medication, its use affects the driver’s ability to react and stay alert. A blocked ability to think clearly can lead to serious accidents.

Approaches to Investigating Truck Accidents Caused by Drug Use

Being involved in a truck accident caused by drug use would end a truck driver’s career. In effect, the truck driver would be looking for a new line of work.

For this reason it is highly unlikely that a truck driver would admit to drug use. Furthermore, a  breathalyzer test done by a police officer would only detect alcohol, not drug use.

How would an attorney find evidence to prove that drug use caused the accident?

The following are several possible ways to discover evidence:

  • Testimony related to the accident. Interviewing others involved in the accident may reveal that the truck driver was taking drugs based on their observation of the driver’s behavior. A server in a restaurant where the driver stopped prior to the accident may have observed the driver acting strangely or popping pills with the meal.
  • Medical records. Drawing blood is standard medical procedure in treating a patient who has been injured by an accident. The doctor would need to know whether the patient has drugs in their system to avoid adverse side effects of administering medications that do not work well with other drugs. Tests of blood drawn would reveal the presence of drugs in the driver’s system.
  • Police drug test. In Texas, in addition to using breathalyzers, police officers also have the right to test a driver’s blood. First they would secure a warrant from a judge and then a medical professional could draw and test the blood.

Factors Involved with Proving a Truck Driver Was at Fault

An attorney would have to prove the truck driver was at fault for causing the accident. Traffic violations, such as speeding, reckless driving or receiving a call while driving are examples of violations. Cell phone records could serve as evidence of receiving phone calls. Even if the driver had taken drugs, determining the quantity of drugs in the driver’s system would be another factor. Quantities would have to be enough to impair driving. A toxicology report could substantiate this fact.

If you have suffered serious injury in a truck accident, obtaining a lawyer is vital for winning a case.

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