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What medications are truck drivers prohibited from using?

Those who drive tractor trailers for a living must adhere to established standards regarding the use of medication. In order to use a prescription medication or controlled substance, a driver must be given a prescription by a licensed practitioner. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website, commercial motor vehicle drivers are prohibited from using certain medications.

But what kinds of medications are CMV drivers prohibited from taking? Drivers are considered medically unqualified to operate a commercial vehicle if they are using methadone or anti-seizure medications. Likewise those taking drugs that may habit forming, such as narcotics or amphetamines, are also prohibited from driving commercial vehicles.

An exception could be granted if the practitioner issuing a prescription puts down in writing that it safe for the operator in question to take the medication while being a CMV driver. However, even with this recommendation, a medical examiner can choose to not certify a driver.

Such regulations can help keep truck drivers, as well as those with whom they share the road, safe. A semi truck is a large, powerful and potentially very dangerous vehicle. This is especially true when the vehicle is being operated by someone who may be impaired by medication.

This is why it is very important that a thorough investigation be carried out after a truck accident occurs. Should a driver ignore regulations regarding the use of medications and be involved in a truck accident, he or she could be found liable.

If you are ever involved in a truck accident, a Montana motor vehicle attorney may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. The attorney could perform an investigation to discover the cause of the accident. Should it be revealed that a truck driver was in violation of medication rules or other regulations, you may have grounds for a civil lawsuit.

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