Truckers Often Use Stimulants to Stay Awake
Many people rely on a cup of coffee to help them wake up or keep them alert during a long work day. In addition, a wide variety of energy drinks and other highly-caffeinated products are con the market to help give people a boost. Such products are often used by truck drivers, who often drive long hours on monotonous highways.
If a truck driver has to make an unscheduled stop to rest or sleep, they can fall behind on their deliveries, which can cost them and their employer's money. When coffee and energy drinks aren’t enough to keep them awake, some drivers in the trucking industry have turned to the dangerous practice of taking illegal stimulants. Such stimulants include psychoactive drugs like cocaine or amphetamines or Adderall or Ritalin without a proper prescription.
The Dangers of Stimulant Use for Truck Drivers
While truck drivers may believe they are being safe by using stimulants to avoid fatigued driving, a study published by the National Institute of Health (NIH) indicates a correlation between stimulant use and deadly truck crashes. One of the main reasons for this is that, like any other type of drug, stimulants can impair a driver’s abilities including reflexes, judgment, focus, and more.
Furthermore, while drivers feel more awake, this is often a false sense of alertness. Just because stimulants can cause the senses to wake up and feel more energetic does not mean they are a substitute for rest or sleep. A sleep-deprived truck driver is still sleep-deprived, even if they take stimulants. It can be even more dangerous than being merely sleepy, as drivers may not be aware just how fatigued they are when they mask their fatigue with drugs.
Call a Phoenix Truck Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation
At Abels & Annes, P.C., our Phoenix truck accident lawyers know there is no excuse for truck drivers to drive while impaired by illegal stimulants or other intoxicating substances. If you have been injured in a truck crash, please call our office 602-819-5191 to learn how we can help you today.