Drugged Driving by Truckers Poses Serious Safety Risk
by Carmen Dellutri on November 22, 2013
Truck drivers operate vehicles that weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can be over 100 feet in length. Therefore, they need all of their focus to maneuver them safely.
Unfortunately, the pressure to stay awake and deliver loads on time can lead drivers to use stimulants and other drugs. Drugged driving is proven to slow reaction time, decrease motor skills and impair judgment much like drunk driving.
To help deter drug use, federal regulations require trucking companies to regularly test their drivers for alcohol and drugs. Test must be performed prior to employment, after a serious accident, and periodically throughout the year. The tests look for alcohol as well as marijuana, cocaine, opiates, PCP, and amphetamines.
While most carriers and truck operators follow the rules, compliance failures are still common. In 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration removed 287 commercial bus and truck drivers from the roads as a result of its annual drug and alcohol strike force sweep.
The enforcement effort involved verification of the drug and alcohol safety records of commercial drivers to identify violations of federal drug and alcohol testing requirements. It also sought out truck drivers who switch jobs to evade being tested.
The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.
The Deadly Connection Between Distraction and Intersection Accidents
by Carmen Dellutri on November 21, 2013
Distracted driving and red light running are some of the most dangerous behaviors on the roadway. Unfortunately, they often go hand in hand.
Statistics show that failing to stop for red lights is the number one cause of urban crashes in the United States. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), intersection collisions result in more than 8,000 fatalities every year.
Distracted driving is estimated to play a role in more than 20 percent of all traffic accidents. The NHTSA reports that approximately 5,474 people were killed in distracted driving crashes, while another 448,000 were killed in 2009 alone.
Together, the risks are compounded. Distracted driving results in 7,336,697 red light violations, according to a new study by the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR). Researchers also found that violations are lowest in areas with strict cellphone laws.
In light of the alarming findings, the organization has launched a campaign to raise driver awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, particularly in the vicinity of intersections. As Fort Myers injury lawyers, we encourage our readers to read the study and think twice before texting or talking behind the wheel.
The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers intersection accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.
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