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Drug Use Tops Fatigue and More in Causes of Missouri Truck Accidents


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5/2/2013
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“Warning: Do not operate a motor vehicle while on this medication.”

Despite the clear warning on numerous medications, many drivers—including professional truck drivers—get behind the wheel anyway. In fact, a comprehensive study on truck accidents throughout the nation showed that drug use is actually the number-one cause of wrecks involving big-rigs.

Illegal drugs play a definite role, but prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications cause their fair share of Missouri truck crashes, as well. 

Drugs can greatly alter one’s perception and ability to think clearly. Some drugs cause extreme dizziness or affect one’s perception of distance. Others cause hallucinations, disorientation, poor coordination, and more. Nearly all leave the person fatigued as the effects of the drug wear off.

As you might guess, these symptoms affect a person’s ability to drive. Signs that the truck driver who caused your Missouri truck accident might have been on drugs at the time of the accident include:

  • Unusually slow or fast driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Sudden movement of the vehicle, such as braking or swerving for no apparent reason (perhaps due to a hallucination)
  • Inability to stay in one’s own lane (poor coordination)
  • Stopping before or after a traffic signal (misperception of distance)
  • Any other type of erratic driving (can be a sign of disorientation)
  • Slow response time in trying to avoid the crash

Many of the symptoms of a drugged driver are similar to that of a drunk one. For more information on proving that the person who hit you may have been under the influence of drugs, talk to a skilled St. Louis truck accident lawyer. Call Alvin Wolff today at 877-241-1020 for a free consultation or your copy of The Guide on How to Pick a Lawyer.



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