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Stimulants may pose threat to roadway safety

Illinois motorists may be concerned about the threat of truck crashes, which can be especially deadly for pedestrians, cyclists and passenger vehicles. The massive size and weight of large trucks can be overwhelming to smaller vehicles in a collision. In 2016 alone, 3,986 people lost their lives in trucking accidents while many thousands more were injured, often severely.

Long-haul truck drivers may pose a particular threat to others on the road. Their routes often require the drivers to operate their vehicles for hours on end with little rest. According to statistics, 65 percent of all trucking crashes take place on trips greater than 51 miles in length. In addition, a surprisingly high number of truck drivers have admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel.

There are a number of initiatives that safety agencies are pursuing to reduce the danger posed by truck driver fatigue. However, many truck drivers may turn to a dangerous solution in stimulants to stay awake on the road. Drivers who use stimulants to stay awake may actually create a greater risk to other drivers and passengers. Stimulants like meth, cocaine and amphetamines may alter a driver's focus, attention span, impulse control and motor functions. Driving under the influence of stimulants may also lead to paranoia, delusions or aggression.

Someone involved in a truck crash may suffer severe injuries and lifelong disabilities as a result. An accident victim injured due to a truck driver's negligent driving can consult with a personal injury lawyer about the potential to pursue compensation for damages.

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