Every day, there are
new articles about the opioid epidemic sweeping through the US; and opioids aren't
the only drugs that can profoundly affect people's health and behavior.
Drugs are a serious safety hazard in a variety of situations, including
the workplace and on the road.
NBC Montana recently shared a
report on the rise of drugged driving and its potential role in traffic accident
fatalities. While it's important to continue recognizing the risks
of drinking while driving,
drugged driving is also a danger that can't be overlooked. Anyone operating
a vehicle, whether a truck, car or motorcycle, while consuming drugs may
experience delayed reaction times, disorientation, and other symptoms
that make driving more dangerous.
Furthermore, drugs may play a role in workplace accidents. If someone taking
drugs operates heavy machinery or a construction vehicle such as a forklift,
for example, they're more likely to make mistakes, lose control of
the equipment, and cause an accident.
Oil field work depends on consistent focus, quick reaction times, and a
strong awareness of one's environment. What happens if these qualities
get compromised by drug use?
Seeking help after an accident
If drugs did play a role in your accident, don't hesitate to
contact us. We'll help you carefully evaluate what happened and determine the
parties bearing responsibility for the accident. We'll also help you
explore every possible avenue of compensation in the aftermath of the
accident, whether it occurred on the road or at your work site, during
your off-work hours or as part of your job responsibilities. You shouldn't
have to struggle alone to cope with the costs.