Our Illinois semi truck accident lawyers recently read a report published on KSPR.com detailing the arrest of a semi truck driver upon discovering marijuana in his commercial vehicle. The article reports that during a routine inspection of the semi truck by a commercial vehicle officer at an interstate highway weigh station, the officer discovered discrepancies between the conversation with the truck driver and the inspection of his vehicle. The inconsistencies prompted the officer to ask to search the commercial vehicle where 213 pounds of marijuana were uncovered. The driver of the commercial vehicle was immediately arrested and is currently facing charges of drug trafficking.
Although the article does not state if the driver of the commercial vehicle was under the influence of marijuana during vehicle operation, the subject of semi truck drivers and marijuana use has proven to be an increasing epidemic in the past few years. According to a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Traffic Safety, is was discovered that over 15% of semi truck drivers involved in the research tested positive for marijuana during the study. An additional study was conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that 12.5% of all fatal truck accidents involved the use of marijuana.
Marijuana use by the driver of an 80,000 pound vehicle can pose a significant threat to driving ability, in addition to, the safety of surrounding vehicles. Marijuana directly impairs a commercial vehicle driver’s central nervous system, which can cause side effects such as: slowed reaction time, temporary memory loss, as well as, difficulty concentrating. These side effects will ultimately hinder a driver’s ability to properly control his/her vehicle and may result in a semi truck accident resulting in property damage, injury, and tragically — even death.
Our Chicago truck accident lawyers share comprehensive knowledge when handling civil cases involving Illinois semi truck accidents in which marijuana use played a contributing factor. Recently, we obtained a $6.5 million settlement on behalf of an Illinois family who sustained severe injury and loss at the hands of a negligent semi truck driving accident. During the accident investigation process, it was discovered that at the time of the accident, the semi truck driver was under the influence of marijuana, in addition to, operating an overloaded trailer.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Illinois semi truck accident, please contact the experienced Illinois wrongful death attorneys at Levin & Perconti to see what legal rights may be available to you.