We already know the devastating effect of drunk driving in automobile accidents. Given their sheer size and weight, we can already imagine what can happen when a drunk truck driver collides with another driver. According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, a truck driver who operates their motor vehicle while intoxicated increases the risk of injuries. Whatever vehicle you are driving, remember that taking drugs or alcohol can impair your driving skills.
Driving commercial trucks not only requires great skill on the part of the driver but also the highest level of alertness and care. With the heavy pressure on their shoulders to drive as long as they can, truck drivers are forced to take various stimulant drugs such as amphetamine to combat fatigue and lack of sleep. Yes, these substances can make the driver awake but in the long run, it can have adverse effects on a driver’s ability to react to road situations or make the right judgment.
A drunk truck driver exhibits various behaviors that not only endanger their lives but also that of their passengers. Some of the noticeable behaviors a driver who is drunk will exhibit include swerving in and out of a lane, sudden starts and stops, falling asleep while driving, and the most important distracted driving. Drunk driving accidents in a car is already devastating enough so what more in large trucks. The good news is that truck drivers are far more responsible drivers than those who drive cars. This is proven by the 22% statistics of car drivers involved in fatal car accidents compared to only 13% of truck drivers.
Still we cannot discount the bad effects of drinking alcohol in operating large trucks. Aside from the injuries it may cause, truck drivers need to be aware that drunk driving is not just a traffic infraction but also a crime that carries severe penalties ranging from suspension of license, fines, or imprisonment.