The Dangers of Drugged Driving
The dangers of drunk driving are well known, but the true danger of “drugged driving” is becoming more apparent with each passing year. The use of illicit drugs or the misuse of prescription drugs can impair judgement and brain activity making driving not only difficult, but dangerous.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy 18 percent of all fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs and 48 percent of drivers who tested positive for any drug also tested positive for alcohol. These numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. When an accident does occur, medical records, police reports, and toxicology reports can be used to establish the condition of the driver and the liability of the driver responsible for the crash.
Drugs, whether illicit or prescription may have a wide array of side effects ranging from aggression to drowsiness. While illicit drugs are illegal in all manners and should never be taken, driving or not, prescription drugs can be equally dangerous. Properly used prescription drugs can cause drowsiness, dizziness, decreased reaction time or a loss of focus. It is important to consult your doctor and to carefully read the possible side effects of all medication. Common legally obtained drugs that can cause impairment or lead to an accident include:
- Valium and other anti-anxiety medications
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Sleeping Aids
Improperly used or abused prescription medications can be just as dangerous as illicit drugs. If a driver under the influence of a prescription medication is involved in an auto accident, it may be considered negligence. Drivers who have been advised to not driver or operate heavy machinery or drivers who abuse prescription or illicit drugs are putting the lives of others at risk when they choose to get behind the wheel.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident involving a drugged driver, it is important that you understand your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, auto repair, property damage, and potentially more. Even those who are passengers in a vehicle driven by a driver impaired by drugs may be able to recover compensation for their accident-related losses. The professionals at the Law Offices of Judy Guice in Biloxi, MS can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Another driver’s negligence should not cost you your life or livelihood. Contact our firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.