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Drug and Alcohol Testing

Especially for drivers of 18-wheelers and similar commercial vehicles, impaired driving can make operation of these massive, complex vehicles dangerous for the truck drivers themselves as well as for other motorists on the road. As such, truck drivers are legally required to submit to drug and alcohol testing in a variety of situations as an attempt to reduce the abuse of substances that could impair driving abilities. Testing is mandatory in some situations, and it is a trucking company’s responsibility to administer the tests correctly in addition to a truck driver’s duty to submit to the testing.

When Is Testing Required?

Federal laws dictate that truck drivers must be tested under a variety of situations, and trucking companies may have a responsibility as employers to pursue drug testing under certain circumstances. These testing requirements include the following:

  • Upon being hired by a trucking company
  • After any fatal accidents with another truck or car
  • At random intervals, as ordered by the Department of Transportation
  • Whenever a trucking company has reasonable suspicion that a driver may be abusing drugs or alcohol

These tests can measure intoxication by the following substances:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine or crack-cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • PCP
  • Opiates

If a truck driver fails these drug tests, he or she may not be allowed back on the road for a significant period of time due to penalties against his or her commercial driver’s license (CDL). Additionally, the driver may be dismissed by his or her employer.

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If you’ve been injured by a truck driver who was intoxicated at the time of the accident, there may be legal options available to pursue compensation from truck driver and possibly his or her employer. To learn more about how these claims work and what kinds of drug liability laws are in place to protect injured motorists, please fill out the contact form at the top of this page.