For several years, fatigue has been the most common cause of Pennsylvania and New Jersey semi-truck accidents; however, according to a report released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), medication misuse may be the new up and coming issue.
The FMCSA’s report finds that 26 percent of drivers get into a truck wreck because of the use of prescription drugs. Over-the-counter drugs are not far behind with 18 percent. This is especially dangerous for new drivers who don’t understand the effects of mixing medication with extremely heavy machinery.
Trucking companies are trying to come up with solutions to fix this problem. One of the suggestions is to have quarterly safety meetings and updated printed material about the effects of medications mailed to drivers on a regular basis. The idea is that the constant reminders of the dangers they face will become imbedded in their thought process whenever they are behind the wheel. Simply put, truck driving and medications – regardless of prescription or over-the-counter – just do not mix.
Have you been the victim of medication misuse by a Pennsylvania truck driver? If so, you need to know your rights, as well as what you may be entitled to. Contact a Bucks County truck accident lawyer today to find out how to receive the compensation you deserve.