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Truck Drivers Who are Under the Influence of Marijuana

Published in truck accident on July 2, 2019.



Over the last few years, many states have started to legalize marijuana. While there are arguable pros and cons to legalization, one of the challenges is identifying a driver who is under the influence of drugs while driving. Truck drivers are in an interesting position, as they travel across the country on a regular basis. In some states, it is relatively easy and legal to obtain access to marijuana, making the risk of driving under the influence of marijuana a real danger. Truck accidents are some of the riskiest incidents on the road, and if you have been injured by a driver who you believe was under the influence of drugs while driving, you should speak with a Macon truck accident attorney to learn more about your legal options. 

Signs that a Truck Driver is Influenced by Marijuana

Although it might be difficult to determine if a driver is under the influence of marijuana, there are certain signs that can help you identify if you are on the road with a risky driver. Recognizing that a truck driver is not fit to drive is the first step in preventing a potentially dangerous accident. Remember the following signs of intoxication:

  1. Inability to stay in one lane – Swerving in and out of a lane signifies a lack of attention to the road. If you see that a truck driver is moving between lanes or driving in the middle of the highway, it is advisable to keep a safe distance until you are able to exit the road or pass the truck. 
  2. Driving slower than traffic – Drivers who are under the influence of marijuana will often drive slower than the speed limit. If you notice that a truck is traveling slower than traffic for no apparent reason, beware. 
  3. Delayed reactions – Waiting until the last minute to brake for a traffic sign or for stopped traffic is a signal that the driver is experiencing delayed response time, possibly due to the use of marijuana. 

If you find yourself involved in a truck accident in Macon, Georgia, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention. Then contact a Macon truck accident attorney to find out your next steps in claiming compensation for your injuries. 

Contact a Macon Truck Accident Attorney Today

If you’ve been injured by a truck driver who was operating their vehicle under the influence of marijuana, it is advisable to seek legal representation to help navigate the claims process. Truck accidents can be especially dangerous given the speed, size, and weight of the vehicle. These injuries can lead to chronic pain, time off work, and expensive medical bills. The last thing you want to worry about while you’re attempting to heal and get your life back on track is dealing with insurance companies. 
The experienced team at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law has the skill and compassion you can appreciate when you’re faced with the difficult situation of recovering from a truck accident. Call us today at (478) 746-1468 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary consultation. We are here and ready to fight for your right to just compensation.

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