Recent Study Shows Drug Use Is High Among Commercial Truck Drivers

Posted By Power Rogers & Smith, P.C. || 29-Oct-2013

A study recently released by the Universidade Estadual de Londrina in Brazil found that overall the use of mind-altering substances was high amongst commercial truck drivers and was linked to poor working conditions. The researchers looked at data from around the world to learn about the use of legal and illegal substances in commercial truck drivers. In addition to the information collected by the researchers, they also included 36 previous studies on the issue in their review.

The data relied upon was both from what drivers admitted in surveys as well as data collected from physical testing. According to the lead researcher, Edmarlon Girotto, “the consumption of psychoactive substances is an important risk factor for the individual and collective health” which could lead to more accidents. Reuters Health.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 500,000 accidents involving trucks occur yearly. See the Commercial Motor Vehicle Fact Sheet here. In 2011 alone, these accidents resulted in over 3,700 people killed and over 88,000 people injured. We’ll take the time to discuss the details of your case, formulate a strong case strategy built on your individual needs, and work to help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call us todayand we’ll begin seeking the compensation you deserve after an injury-causing accident.

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