The size and weight of semitrucks make these vehicles rather dangerous, but most truckers know how to operate the rigs safely. In order to do this, however, they must be fully cognizant of what’s going on at all times. Any kind of impairment decreases the public’s safety.
One particular issue that is on the rise now is marijuana. With the legalization of this drug in more states for both recreational and medicinal use, steps are being taken to increase the oversight for all drivers, including truckers. Any driver who is high on marijuana can cause major safety issues. They might not make decisions based on what is safe, which can impact every vehicle around them.
When it comes to truckers, the laws are clear. They are forbidden to use marijuana — even for medical purposes — and then drive. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s regulations cover this point. Just like any other high-powered drug, marijuana can affect motor control, reflexes and decision-making skills, so drivers can’t risk it.
Unfortunately, there are always going to be some people who skirt the rules or decide that they can somehow get away with impaired driving. The widespread availability of marijuana may make the temptation too much to resist.
The victims of impaired trucking accidents often suffer serious injuries that require costly medical care and might prevent the victim from being able to work. If you’ve suffered a serious injury in a trucking accident and you believe (or know) that the driver was impaired due to marijuana, it’s smart to talk to an attorney about your rights and options.