Truck Drivers On Drugs

San Antonio lawyer coming to the aid of victims injured in auto and truck accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000 people were killed in accidents involving a drunk or drugged driver in 2010. Drug and alcohol use can negatively affect concentration, comprehension, coordination and motor skills, vision and hearing, reaction times and even the ability to stay awake - all skills necessary for driving.

When drivers recklessly endanger the lives of others because of drug use or drunk driving, The Bates Law Firm aggressively pursues the negligent parties through litigation or negotiation with their insurers to obtain compensation for our clients. As a Texas board-certified specialist in personal injury by The Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Harry Bates has a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of injury cases involving drug use.

Drug use by truck drivers

Long hours behind the wheel, endless, monotonous highways and erratic work hours combine to make truck driving a difficult job. To combat these conditions, many truck drivers resort to illegal and prescription drugs:

  • Sleep aids and sedatives
  • Pain killers
  • Stimulants
  • Recreational drugs

When a truck driver uses illegal drugs, he or she may be found guilty of a criminal offense in addition to being held liable for injuries or fatalities caused in an accident. With more than 25 years of experience, lawyer Harry Bates provides strong representation for clients injured because of illegal drug use by drivers. In addition, we are dedicated to holding drivers responsible for taking prescription drugs despite warnings of a drug causing drowsiness or affecting the ability to drive, and for doctor shopping and irresponsibly combining prescriptions.

Employer negligence and truck driver drug abuse

While drivers are often liable for accidents caused by their drug use, employers may also be responsible when they negligently hire and employ drivers with known drug abuse problems, criminal drug abuse records or unclean driving records. They may also be liable when they encourage or fail to penalize drug use or abuse by drivers. When serious or deadly accidents occur because employees disregard driver drug use, our San Antonio attorney is fully committed to making sure they pay for the harm they cause.

Dedicated to helping clients through the long haul

At The Bates Law Firm in San Antonio, we never give up the fight to help injured victims and families who lost loved ones because of accidents caused by drug use. For assistance throughout South Texas in all types of accident cases, contact us online or call 210-226-3777, toll free at 877-716-3777 to schedule a free initial consultation.