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Are employers liable for drug- or alcohol-related crashes?

As someone who has been injured in a truck accident, you know how important it is to get the compensation you need to pay off your medical care and to cover your lost wages. While your attorney works with you to obtain that money, it's important to also look into things that the driver who struck you may have done wrong. For instance, if the driver was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, you may want to find out if the employer knew about the driver's history of drug or alcohol abuse.

All employers who have drivers on their fleet need to make sure they are not a liability to due to drug or alcohol use. These employers should be enrolled in an alcohol-testing and drug-testing program, which can then test incoming workers and those already on the fleet for violations of protocol.

It's important for employers to take the drug and alcohol tests seriously, because drivers who are under the influence put their own lives and the lives of others at risk. On top of that, employers are required to share information about the employees and their past alcohol or drug tests to future employers. So, if a driver has left a company that didn't report a past history of the driver driving under the influence, then you could have a case against that company as well as the driver for the negligent actions shown.

Drivers should be drug tested at several points during their careers, from pre-employment to random screenings. If there is an accident, more tests should be done after the crash and upon a return to driving.

Source: Iowa Department of Transportation, "Iowa Truck Information Guide," accessed Sep. 28, 2015

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