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Is drug use a leading cause of truck accidents?

The drivers of semitrailers and commercial vehicles are behind the wheels of vehicles that are larger and heavier than other types of vehicles on the road. In an accident, a truck can cause significant damage and injuries, and truckers have a specific responsibility to drive safely. While Texas truck accidents are often the result of careless driving, distraction and speeding, a safety group recently released findings that reveal drug use could be a significant problem in the trucking industry.

The group states that it has evidence that drug use is more prevalent than many realized, and there may be thousands of drug users behind the wheels of large trucks. In fact, this same group presented its findings to the U.S. Congress, stating that the truck industry must act quickly to put a stop to this issue and make the roads safer for everyone. The results of this study came from urine and hair analysis that may drivers submitted to when applying for jobs.

There may be reason to believe that the urine tests typically used by prospective employers may not be enough to really tell if an applicant is an active drug user. It is possible that applicants who failed either a hair and urine analysis could easily find employment with a company that only relies on urine testing. It is important for the trucking industry and individual companies to do everything possible to ensure their drivers are safe and drug-free.

When truck accidents happen for preventable reasons, the people who suffered harm in these incidents have the right to seek compensation through an injury claim. Whether the driver was speeding, inexperienced, distracted or even under the influence of drugs, he or she is responsible for the choices made while driving. Additionally, Texas trucking companies are responsible for thoroughly testing their drivers before allowing them to operate trucks.

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