Drug related crashes are now outpacing alcohol accidents, meaning that if you were hurt in a crash, you should always discuss what to do next with a lawyer. Someone else might be responsible for your injuries due to being under the influence.
Drinking and driving has long been targeted as a cause of preventable vehicle accidents, and while this continues to be an unfortunate reason or contributing factor behind car crashes, the use of drugs is becoming more important, and, according to some research, is even outpacing fatal accidents linked to alcohol. In 2016, alcohol was involved in over 38% of driver deaths, while 44% of drivers who were killed in an accident ultimately tested positive for drugs.
The number of drivers who were killed in an accident who also tested positive for drugs was an increase from the numbers of 28% in 2006. More than half of the drivers who had drugs in their system in the time of the accident had opioids, marijuana, or a combination of both in their system. Safety advocates believe that drugged driving is often underreported, and is not as well understood as the dangers of drunk driving. However, the decreased judgment capability and problems linked to drugged driving can be just as devastating in the event that an accident occurs.
A person who is struck in a vehicle accident in which is ultimately determined that the other driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol may have grounds to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit with the help of a dedicated and an experienced attorney. A lawyer should be retained immediately in order for the victim to get the best possible change at recovering all compensation, including lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.