How Can I Determine If A Trucker Was Taking Prescription Medications That Contributed To Him Crashing Into My Car?
It is a well-known fact that many truck drivers take prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines, and even illegal drugs to help them stay awake behind the wheel. Unfortunately, their jobs require them to sit in one place for long hours at a time—often dealing with traffic—which can be monotonous and lead to them dosing off. As a result, many truckers turn to taking medications.
While there are many reasons why truck drivers take medicines, from treating a common cold to dealing with another health condition, prescription and non-prescription medications can affect a person’s ability to drive safely. Because experienced Florida accident attorneys know this, we know how to look for things of this nature following a crash.
While it can be difficult to prove that a truck driver was driving drowsy—which led to the crash—it can be proven with the right attorney in your corner. One thing that we do at this law firm is review the police report. An officer may have noted that the truck driver could hardly keep his eyes open during an interview with investigators.
Another thing we can do is request a truck driver’s log books and the electronic on-board data recorder. By reviewing this information, we can tell if a truck driver drove more than the allowable hours. If so, he not only broke the law, but he could be guilty of taking medications to help him stay awake behind the wheel.
While evidence that a driver was impaired by prescription drugs is harder to prove than impairment by illegal drugs, it can be done. It’s just more difficult to prove, which is why victims of trucking accidents need to contact a lawyer immediately after a truck crash in Florida. This is helpful in starting the investigation early to help prove the truck driver caused the wreck and your injuries.
For help getting the most compensation possible for your truck-related accident injuries, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to learn more about your rights in a free consultation at 954-677-0155 today.