Prescription Medication Use May Lead To Truck Accidents
A large percentage of Americans are on prescription medication for a number of conditions such as high blood pressure, depression or cholesterol busting drugs at any given time. A portion of these happen to be truck drivers who are entrusted by their employers to deliver goods to different destinations in the city, state and country in a timely manner. These are typically prescribed by a doctor, and are more often than not taken long-term. Medications have clear warnings written on the packaging or in leaflets found within the packaging detailing how they should be taken as well as cautioning users not to take them under certain conditions.
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FMCSA Regulations on Truck Driver Drug Use
According to the FMCSA, employers are required to test their employees regularly to detect alcohol or drug use. These are usually done prior to employment, and they are also done in a random manner if management suspects drug use, especially if an accident just occurred. The law demands that drivers that show evidence of drug use be removed from duty for the safety of drivers on our roads or go through a certain retraining and disciplinary process before being allowed to resume working.
Common Prescription Medications May Cause Truck Accidents
In addition, commercial truck drivers and the rest of the cities and counties are not allowed to take any prescription medication unless it is prescribed by a licensed physician. The fact that a truck driver may be taking any medication that may impair their driving skills on the road is grounds to disqualify them medically. On top of that, it’s not uncommon for truck drivers to take controlled substances such as methamphetamines or alcohol while on the road which usually disengages their attention and their ability to react fast should there be an emergency on the road which requires fast reflexes.
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