Well over half of those that die in accidents involving large trucks aren’t the truck drivers. The size and weight of large trucks make them exceptionally dangerous – and drug use will only make things worse.
Nearly 70% of deaths in large truck crashes in 2018 were those in passenger vehicles. This danger to other drivers is a large part of the reason the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) leverages so many drug tests. When a driver isn’t at their best, you may have to look into their past to prove negligence.
After an accident
The FMCSA takes safety very seriously, and finding the cause of an accident is an important part of the clean-up process. For this reason, drivers have to submit to testing shortly after certain kinds of incidents:
- When they were in an accident with fatalities
- If they got a traffic ticket that included an injury
- Officers issued a citation after vehicle damage occurred
Drivers aren’t just tested after an accident. Preemptive testing is a large part of regulations. Companies are responsible for making sure their drivers are clean before an accident can occur:
- Pre-employment: Companies have to drug test employees before they hit the road. This law applies to drivers who are just starting or who have been off for more than 30 days.
- Random testing: Testing has to take place throughout the year, even for off-duty drivers. When the company pulls a name, that person has to report to a facility immediately. Refusing to test or showing up late can both count as a failed test.
- Under direction: Supervisors that suspect drug use can order a screening. They can make the call if drivers are acting off, appear to be suffering from withdrawal or have slurred speech. The test administrator can also require up to five years of additional screenings after a positive test or refusal.
Getting the recovery you deserve after a serious injury or loss of a loved one starts with determining fault. Make sure you understand when a driver may have violated testing standards, and you could have your avenue for compensation.