Impaired truckers a threat to all motorists (and cargo)

Driving a commercial truck is a demanding job. It involves long hours on the road, which can be boring and important deadlines that can be stressful to make. Most truckers are able to cope with these elements of the job just fine. Others, however, take risks and make some bad decisions in an effort to cope.

For example, some truckers resort to using unlawful stimulants to stay awake. Others drink alcohol to cope with the boredom. In either case, these substances can seriously impair a trucker's ability to drive safely. Unfortunately, it is the other motorists who wind up getting hit in an accident who ultimately pay the price.

It's not just people who pay the price, either. Recently, for instance, a trucker who was allegedly intoxicated lost control of his rig and ran off the road. The truck overturned and his cargo spilled or got trapped in the truck. The man was transporting live pigs; about 24 of them died as a result of the crash. 

Luckily, no one else was involved in the crash, but this should serve as a grim reminder that driving while impaired has severe consequences for others. This is especially true when a driver is control of a massive commercial vehicle hauling dangerous, heavy or, as was the case here, live cargo.

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated or impaired by drugs is against the law, and drivers often face criminal charges in the event that they are arrested for this offense. However, victims of the accidents caused by these reckless drivers can also take legal action to collect compensation. Doing so can allow victims and their families to cover medical expenses and other damages suffered as a result of a crash.

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