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Why Is a Vancouver Truck Accident So Awful (Part II: Drug Use)


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2/8/2013
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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In Part I of our series on why a truck accident can be so brutal and destructive, our Vancouver truck accident lawyer introduced you to a lively and disturbing metaphor from the world of physics.

Just to remind you: The amount of force created by a 20-ton truck driving into a brick wall at 60 miles per hour is equivalent to the amount of force you would generate if you rocketed into that wall at 24,000 miles per hour. That is much faster than the speed you would need to fly off the Earth's surface and into the abyss of interstellar space.

Truck accidents involve serious changes in momentum!

Many times, they involve driver error, carelessness, and negligence too. Any Vancouver motorist can make a mistake, but truckers are under additional stresses and pressures that do not confront the rest of us.

Truckers are motivated to finish their routes rapidly, so they can log additional miles and hours. Different companies use different incentive structures, but the overall culture of the trucking industry is one in which drivers often force themselves to go the extra (unsafe) mile. Drivers respond to financial incentives by doing things like slamming down methamphetamines or downing a zillion five-hour energy drinks. Some drivers also use prescription medications and/or alcohol. Many also have blood sugar issues—such as diabetes—from eating badly on the road and consuming too many monster-sized sodas.

There are many reasons why a trucker may have been negligent in your accident. Some of these reasons include drug use, alcohol use, violation of company policy, failure to get enough mandated rest, racing/speeding for fun, lack of familiarity with the vehicle or cargo, emotional problems, or problems with the vehicle itself.

To build your best Vancouver truck accident case, you need to leverage the sophisticated and proven investigatory processes used by the McComb Witten team. We can investigate the accident and build a robust case to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Get in touch with us today at 604-255-9018 for a free consultation. Alternatively, you may wish to download a free copy of our special report entitled The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know! for more information.



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