While most motorists are aware of the dangers of drunk driving, many may fail to realize there are a growing number of motorists under the influence of drugs and controlled substances who may present an equal or even greater safety threat. The hazards drugged drivers can pose are especially compounded behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer due to the sheer size and weight of the vehicle.
This was underscored when a truck driver was recently convicted in the death of a motorist following a Kentucky truck accident. Investigators determined the driver responsible for causing the crash was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the crash.
News Channel 5 reports that while the 69-year-old victim was traveling along Interstate 24 outside of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the intoxicated driver of the tractor-trailer plowed into the rear of his vehicle.
The incident leaves many wondering what they should do if they are the victim of a crash involving a commercial vehicle where the responsible driver is suspected to be under the influence. At Woods and Woods, our Evansville personal injury lawyers suggest taking the following steps after such an accident:
- Report It- It’s vital that you let law enforcement and your insurer know you have been involved in a collision.
- Seek Medical Attention- If you’ve been hurt, getting the treatment you need should be the top priority and calling emergency services is the first step in doing so.
- Collect Evidence- Get pictures of the vehicles and the crash scene. Also, be sure to keep any documentation related to the crash or your expenses stemming from the accident.
- Call An Attorney- Having legal counsel by your side will help get your questions answered and your claim filed properly.