Brooklyn Trucker Drug Use Negligence Attorney
Driving drunk or under the influence of drugs is dangerous under any circumstances. Alcohol and drug abuse by truck drivers — while they are driving or before they get behind the wheel — is particularly dangerous, since they must operate huge, complex vehicles safely.
I am Daniel A. Kalish, an experienced trial attorney handling cases throughout the New York metro area, including Brooklyn, the Bronx and Westchester County. To discuss seeking compensation for a truck accident caused by a driver's substance abuse, contact me today for a free consultation.
Was the Driver Who Hit You Under the Influence?
Truck drivers are under enormous pressure to work long hours and make deliveries on time. Many drivers respond to this pressure by turning to alcohol and drugs, increasing the risk that they will make errors while driving. The following are some major substances used by truckers:
- Stimulants: Many truck drivers take cocaine, energy pills and other stimulants to stay awake while driving long hours. These drugs may keep them awake, but not alert.
- Alcohol: Many truck drivers also use alcohol to cope with the stress of their jobs. As we all know, drunk driving impairs judgment, reaction time and other key driving abilities.
- Marijuana: Marijuana is another drug that is used by many truck drivers. Marijuana use can also have a significant effect on driving, resulting in serious accidents.
Trucking companies are legally responsible for accidents caused by their drivers. When they look the other way and ignore the warning signs that their drivers are abusing drugs and alcohol, they can be held accountable for serious injuries and fatalities that occur as a result.
I am passionate about standing up for the rights of accident victims and their families. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a trucking accident, don't hesitate to contact my office and schedule an appointment to discuss your case.