Sharing The Road With Impaired Truckers
What is the difference between a semi-truck driver and other drivers behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs? The only difference is that the trucker is driving a very large, very dangerous big rig. Although alcohol is much less prevalent among truckers than automobile drivers, studies show that illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, or amphetamines/methamphetamines were more prevalent. A trucker high on marijuana will struggle with concentration, reaction times, and perception - three issues that could easily cause a collision. Truckers high on stimulants could be jittery or extremely fatigued when the drugs wear off - and trucker fatigue causes upwards of 30 percent of all truck accidents.
Even though there are laws and federal regulations that try to prevent drunk or drugged truck drivers from getting behind the wheel, there are still alcohol and drug impaired commercial truck drivers barreling down our roadways everyday. According to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Traffic Safety, 15 percent of truck drivers had marijuana in their systems, 12 percent had non-prescription stimulants in their systems, five percent had prescription stimulant drugs in their systems, two percent had cocaine in their systems, and one percent had alcohol in their systems.
Although strict federal regulations by the Department of Transportation, and enforcement by the police, have significantly curbed the problem of substance abuse by truckers, the issue is still a big concern. Think about how many trucks you pass in any given day. Now what if just one out of every hundred was impaired. Still a scary thought, isn’t it? And, the results can be serious or deadly.
Take for example the impaired driver of a box truck who slammed into two vehicles waiting at a stop sign. The driver of one vehicle sustained a lacerated face, as a result of broken glass and the driver of the other vehicle suffered a herniated disc. The trucker tested positive for methadone, Xanax and morphine and admitted he had used heroine two days before the accident.
The drivers of both vehicles filed a personal injury lawsuit. Although a jury awarded in favor of both plaintiffs, it was not before they went through some financial setback. The driver who suffered a lacerated face did not have health insurance. The medical expenses alone would be a financial hardship. Added to that the time from loss income and it could have been devastating for both drivers. What is a plaintiff to do when a financial setback arises due to the negligence of another?
There is a silver lining in the dark cloud. Most victims do not realize they can apply for a cash advance before their lawsuit settles. This is called lawsuit funding. It is not a loan because the money does not have to be paid back unless the case is won or settled. There are no upfront fees, no monthly payments, and no need for employment of a credit check. A lawsuit cash advance carries no risk because the plaintiff owes nothing if they lose the case. Lawsuit pre-settlement funding programs provide immediate cash to give a plaintiff and their attorney time to negotiate a fair settlement!