Each year, 10,000 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)-certified inspectors devote 72 hours to performing truck and bus inspections at 1,500 locations across North America. This operation is known as Roadcheck, and it provides some of the most reliable data about commercial truck safety.
Drug and alcohol use by truck drivers is just one of the many elements that CVSA inspectors focus on during the Roadcheck inspections. In 2008, about one percent of the commercial truck drivers at Roadcheck stops were found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating their vehicle.
One percent doesn't sound like a lot. If you feel that it's silly to worry about drugged truck drivers in West Palm Beach, you may want to consider this. There are 15.5 million commercial trucks that operate in the United States. About two million of these are tractor-trailers. One percent of two million is not insignificant. West Palm Beach 18-wheeler attorney David Glatthorn did the math:
15,500,000 trucks x .01 (1 percent) = 155,000 commercial truck drivers under the influence
2,000,000 semi-trucks x .01 (1 percent) = 20,000 semi-truck drivers under the influence
Because Florida is a leading agricultural producer, there are more trucks on Florida highways than in many other states. But, we will assume that one-fiftieth of trucks operate in Florida. This would mean that about 3,100 Florida commercial truck drivers are driving while impaired. Four hundred of them are driving 18-wheelers.
While these numbers are frightening, our West Palm Beach 18-wheeler attorney believes these numbers are also underestimates. Roadcheck inspections are announced months in advance. Drivers and trucking companies can prepare in advance.
Think of the damage one semi-truck can do if it hits a passenger car during a Florida trucking accident. Because of the difference in vehicle height and weight, the occupants of the car will be lucky to survive the crash. Chances are they will be severely injured. Injuries can include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and shattered bones, the types of injuries that can lead to lifelong disability. It seems that even one truck driver operating a big rig while impaired is one too many.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a West Palm Beach commercial truck accident, you need someone on your side. To learn more, request a free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim, or contact Palm Beach trucking accident attorney David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.