drivers rights?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ad356, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. ad356

    ad356 Road Train Member

    Mar 13, 2017
    i am making this a separate thread. i find the way it is setup a little absurd, why do we have to put up with it? i showed no signs of intoxication that day. i had someone run into me. i had to prove my innocence. i had to submit to a drug and alcohol tests. if the truck driver clearly did not cause the accident why are we under suspicion? this is nothing more then nonsense used in an attempt to push the blame off onto the trucker when the trucker was NEVER the cause. if i smoked on my day off but was NOT intoxicated at the time of the accident ( i do NOT clearly) suddenly i am to blame? NOTHING changes the FACT that he ran the stop sign. i don't know why we have to tolerate this. its all about insurance nonsense, if i had any trace residual in my system suddenly the man that causes the accident gets out of having his insurance pay for the mess. this is why it is so important not to do these things while you are an active truck driver, at least until the federal law changes.

    this is just wrong.
  2. MartinFromBC

    MartinFromBC Road Train Member

    Oct 19, 2018
    Do you always start conversations about half way into the story?
    Or is that just all the drugs you do affecting your thoughts?
  3. jbird05031126

    jbird05031126 Bobtail Member

    Aug 24, 2018
    Boise, ID
    I guess if your test came up hot, the claim could be made that the accident was preventable or that you were partially at fault because you may have been under the influence at the time of the accident. I'm just guessing though.
  4. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Its part of the game we all have to play. Like it or not . nothing will change it will only get tougher. Its part of being a professional. Im sorry u have to put up with it. But at the end of the day we all have to cover our own #####
  5. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    I do not disagree with testing the truck driver, but...

    It would be more fair to test all drivers involved in the accident, just to even the playing field a bit.
  6. Canadianhauler21

    Canadianhauler21 Medium Load Member

    May 15, 2017
    Ontario, Canada
    Gotta love the sue happy motoring public for that. Trucking companies just wanna cover their ### in the event of an accident. My trainer had a drunk driver slam into his trailer a couple years ago, sent my trainer for a drug and alcohol test. Such horse crap.

    I've always wondered why they don't drug test the car driver in the event of an accident
  7. johnnyman1099

    johnnyman1099 Medium Load Member

    Mar 13, 2017
    By law, every driver must be enrolled in a random drug test before they can drive for the hiring company or face fines of $10k per day for non compliance. After an accident regardless of fault, driver may be required to submit to the random drug test.

    As a commercial driver, we have very little rights. If cops wants to search our truck without warrant, they can. If they want us to take an alcohol test, we must not refuse. We do have a choice. Walk away from commercial driving and do different kind of work. Or, stay in trucking and take the abuse.
  8. MartinFromBC

    MartinFromBC Road Train Member

    Oct 19, 2018
    I think all drivers, in all accidents should be tested. If its a 20 car pile up, test all 20 drivers.

    SAFETY BEFORE ALL ELSE! Bobtail Member

    Aug 10, 2019
    They do. When starting IV, s they take tubes of blood for Law Enforcement.
    Canadianhauler21 Thanks this.
  10. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    The great state of TN
    "It's just the way it is......things will never be the same.....its just the way it is...aww yeah."

    - From the song "Changes" by Tupac
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