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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Drugged Driving Becomes Tremendous National Problem

What are my legal rights if I am hit by a drugged driver?

A horrific crash involving a driver allegedly high on drugs recently claimed the lives of a married couple in their 60s. The accident happened at a Rockland County intersection when a 23-year-old man ran a red light, crashing violently into a car carrying the couple. Investigations revealed that the driver, who suffered injuries in the crash, was high on Xanax at the time of the accident. He also did not have a valid license because it had been suspended for failure to appear in court on a traffic violation. For the family members of those killed and the greater community, this New York car accident serves as a reminder of the grave dangers of driving while under the influence of prescription and illegal drugs.

Drug Driving May Soon Top Drunk Driving as a Cause of Car Accidents

While driving under the influence of alcohol has traditionally garnered more national concern, the legalization of marijuana and disturbing trend towards prescription drug abuse has raised the potential for drugged driving to become a major cause of car and truck accidents. Drugged driving is particularly troubling because it can be hard to detect. Suspected drunk drivers can easily be subjected to a Breathalyzer test, but no such test exists for drugs. Some drugs can only be detected in a hair analysis, which can be costly and takes time.

Drugs impact a driver’s judgment, perception, vision, and much more. Each drug will have a unique effect on the brain. For example, drivers who ingest sedative type drugs may become drowsy, dizzy, and disoriented, which can lead to accidents. In contrast, drivers who take uppers, like cocaine, may drive aggressively and cause accidents through speed.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident by a suspected drugged driver, it is important that you take swift legal action. The crash must be investigated immediately to uncover evidence of drug use. Drivers who are under the influence of illegal drugs or prescription drugs that impair judgment can be liable to those they injure. Contact a personal injury lawyer to protect your legal rights.


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