Have You Been Injured by a Driver Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Have you been injured by a driver driving under the influence of drugs? If you have, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury.

The smart thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. A personal injury attorney will help you get all of the compensation that is rightfully yours.

A great deal has been written and said about how deadly drinking and driving can be. Organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have fought against drunk driving for several years, and when statistics show how many motor vehicle accidents involve alcohol, this is certainly warranted.

A leading factor

What many people may not be aware of, however, is that driving under the influence of drugs is also a leading factor in motor vehicle accidents. In addition, not as much has been said and done in regard to driving under the influence of drugs as that regarding drinking and driving.

When talking about driving under the influence of drugs, you may think that this only has to do with illegal drugs. What many do not realize is that prescription drugs may also increase the danger of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

The reason for this is because of the negative side effects prescription drugs can have on a driver. These side effects are harmful to safe driving, as well as increasing the risk of having a motor vehicle accident.

Increase the risk

The effects that increase the risk of having a motor vehicle accident that are produced by illegal drugs depend on things like a person’s drug history, amount taken and how administered (injected, inhaled, snorted, smoked). Negative effects produced by illegal drugs that cause unsafe driving include how they alter things, such as attention, cognition, balance, coordination, reaction time, perception and other conditions that are required to operate a motor vehicle safely.

As mentioned earlier, legal prescription drugs can also bring about negative side effects that may result in unsafe driving. For instance, side effects may include altering a person’s perception, drowsiness, sleepiness or other negative side effects that may increase a person’s risk of having a motor vehicle accident. This is evidenced by the fact that many prescription drugs carry a warning against driving a motor vehicle for a specified period of time while on the medication.

Different ways

Different drugs affect people in different ways. People also, at times, use a combination of more than one drug. The result is that it may alter the effectiveness of the drugs and add to the danger of having a motor vehicle accident.

There are both illegal and legal drugs that increase the risk of having a motor vehicle accident. Some of these are depressants, stimulants and hallucinogens.

Again, if you were injured by someone who was driving under the influence of drugs, whether legal or illegal, you may be entitled to compensation for you injury. The wise thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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