Driving while under the influence of controlled substances, such as alcohol or illegal drugs, is extremely dangerous, particularly for truck drivers who frequently work long, tiring shifts.
This can lead to impaired judgement and reflexes, presenting a danger to other road users, with potential to result in serious accidents and death. As a result, you or someone you know, may require the services of a personal injury attorney.
Last week, it was revealed that a southeast Missouri truck driver, charged over the killing of a 17 year old girl in April this year, had been smoking marijuana heavily over the course of that day, while working. The 34-year-old is charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault due to his involvement in the death of the girl on April 5.
A co-worker and eyewitness testified at a recent preliminary hearing that the man had been using marijuana just prior to the accident, and seemed to be high at the time of the crash. This appears to be the cause of their box truck crossing the center line to collide head-on with an SUV, in which the girl was a passenger. The coroner testified that she died as a direct result of the collision, due to a broken neck.
There were also 3 injuries as a direct result of the crash: the driver himself, his coworker, and the driver of the SUV. The co-worker reportedly feared for his own safety after witnessing the driver smoke several times throughout the day, but failed to inform his supervisors due to his concern over this being his first day on the job.
The accident took place on Missouri route 34, near Bufordvillle in Cape Girardeau County.
Driving Under the Influence in Missouri
In Missouri, DUID (or Driving Under the Influence of Drugs) is a serious offense and can result in prison time, even for a first time offender. Drunk driving can be just as dangerous and is much more commonplace, with over 34,000 people in Missouri arrested for this last year alone.
The chances of such accidents can be greatly reduced with caution.There are clear guidelines that can be found regarding safe legal limits for driving. If you are unsure whether you, or a person you know, has crossed those limits then always err on the side of caution and do not gamble with your life, or the lives of others. This is especially important when driving trucks, as these vehicles, due to their size, can be difficult to handle and the accidents involving them more likely to result in tragedy.
Equally, if you are a witness to a possible truck driver having difficulty controlling their vehicle, do not hesitate to contact the police. Doing so may save a life.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious accident as a result of a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact a St. Louis car accident lawyer to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation, medical expenses, lost wages or other financial damages.
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