Many people recognize the dangers of driving a large truck (or any vehicle) while under the influence of alcohol or illegal street drugs. However, many drivers do not pay attention to the dangers of operating a vehicle after taking prescription medication and even over-the-counter drugs. In fact, many drugs that are completely legal affect one’s ability to operate a vehicle safely.
Sometimes, people abuse prescription drugs, such as those who have an addiction they are struggling with or those who turn to prescriptions following challenges in their lives. Sadly, this increases the odds of fatal collisions and crashes that leave victims with devastating injuries.
Truck drivers and prescription drugs
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, prescription drug use is a leading associated factor in large truck wrecks. The FMCSA also notes that over-the-counter drugs are another associated factor in many of these collisions. There are many ways in which prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs can interfere with a truck driver’s ability to stay safe and avoid a crash. Some medications make drivers drowsy, while others cause them to become intoxicated or overly excited while on the road.
Fatigue, illness and other challenges that lead to truck collisions
Truck drivers take these medications for a host of reasons, whether they are trying to combat fatigue, find relief while fighting an illness, address allergy symptoms or deal with an anxiety disorder. Sadly, many of these crashes are fatal because of the massive size of trucks. Even when victims do not lose their lives, serious injuries are far too common. Truck drivers who are responsible for these crashes must answer if their behavior led to a wreck.