Alcohol and Drug Usage
Truck Driver Substance Abuse Issues

Truck drivers who abuse alcohol and drugs remain one of the main causes of a majority of automobile and truck accidents. Unfortunately, the problem is not limited to alcohol or illegal drugs. Drivers routinely use illegal drugs, or legally obtained prescription medications, that can affect their ability to safely operate motor vehicles.

Colorado and Federal laws require that any time a commercial truck is involved in an accident that causes injury, a post-accident drug screening and alcohol test must be performed. The results of this test can be particularly incriminating to the trucking company and the driver. The results can also lead to a claim for punitive damages.

The following is a list of commonly used intoxicating substances:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Ecstasy
  • Heroin
  • Prescription medications, including painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet as well as muscle relaxants like Valium and Xanax

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, please call or email us today. The highly skilled attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee, PC are experts in handling substance abuse related automobile accidents. Fuicelli & Lee, PC is here to help.