Despite statistics showing that impaired truck drivers are one of the most common causes of devastating large truck collisions, the prevalence of this problem remains a major cause for concern on our nation’s roadways.
In fact, a recent report released in February 2021 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)—a federal agency dedicated to reducing the number of nationwide crashes, injuries, and deaths—showed that there were 56,000 drug and alcohol violations recorded among truck drivers in the U.S.
What Were the Most Common Violations?
To help reduce the number of truck accidents caused by impaired driving, the FMCSA established the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse back in 2020. This database records and stores information on truck driver violations related to drug and alcohol use.
The FMCSA found that, of the 56,000 violations recorded last year, 84% involved truck drivers who tested positive for drugs/alcohol. Some of the most common substances that led to drivers failing these tests were:
- Marijuana - 29,500 violations
- Cocaine - 7,940 violations
- Amphetamines - 4,953
- Alcohol (BAC of 0.04% or higher) - 1,203 violations
- Trying to cheat a drug test - 1,120 violations
Injured in a Truck Accident? We Have Your Back
Sadly, it is often the occupants of smaller motor vehicles who suffer when negligent truck drivers or large trucking companies fail to adhere to federal safety standards. Should you or a loved one be injured in a truck accident in Georgia, know that Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys is ready to go to bat on your behalf.
Our hard-hitting team of attorneys are not the type to ever back down from a legal battle. No matter what obstacles you face, you can have full confidence that our team will fight to help you obtain the best possible outcome and the justice you deserve.
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