Amphetamine Abuse and Truck Accidents
Driving a commercial truck is a very difficult job. Truckers have to cover very long distances, usually in relatively short periods of time. They are sometimes under immense pressure from their employers to increase productivity and keep rest breaks to a minimum. Unfortunately, not all drivers handle this pressure in a safe and healthy manner. While many seek out safe ways to do their jobs, abuse of amphetamines is a significant problem among truck drivers and a source of many accidents.
If you have been injured by a semi truck driver who was under the influence of any drug, you could be eligible for compensation for your losses. The Indianapolis truck accident lawyers of the Hankey Law Office would be proud to join your fight for justice. Contact us today at (800) 520-3633.
Truck Drivers and Amphetamines
Amphetamines are a kind of drug meant to increase energy and focus while reducing the effects of fatigue and hunger. The abuse of these drugs had become a widespread problem among truckers by the 1960’s. Fortunately, this use has steadily declined since the 1980’s, when President Ronald Reagan mandated random drug testing of commercial truck drivers.
The bad news is that the problem has not been stamped out completely. People who abuse amphetamines can suffer from dangerous side effects, including:
- Heart palpitations or other cardiovascular problems
- Increased aggression
- High levels of anxiety
- Reduced inhibitions
- Psychosis (in extreme cases)
A truck driver suffering from effects like these poses a serious threat to everyone else on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured by a truck driver who was under the influence of stimulants, our Indianapolis truck driver negligence attorneys can help.
Truck accidents can cause painful and sometimes tragic injuries to innocent victims. To discuss your grounds for legal action with an experienced Indianapolis truck accident lawyer, contact the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633.