Many truck drivers are forced by their employers to complete long hauls that, even if meeting the hours of service regulations, can push truck drivers to their body’s limit. As a result, truck drivers sometimes use supplements to help keep them awake while on the road. However, the abuse or overuse of caffeine pills can contribute to some serious health problems that can affect a driver’s behavior.
Like many substances used to keep people awake, caffeine pills can be dangerous when taken in too high of a concentration or too frequently. If a driver experiences the following symptoms of a caffeine overdose, he or she can jeopardize his or her own safety as well as the safety of those around the semi truck or 18-wheeler:
Drivers who misuse caffeine pills or other drugs and subsequently cause truck accidents may be held responsible for their substance abuse. This kind of behavior is inexcusable and can be considered grounds for legal action.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident caused by driver’s errors, you may be able to take legal steps to pursue financial compensation for the costs associated with those injuries. To learn more about your rights and options, please fill out the contact form at the top of this page.