Georgia Substance-Impaired Car Accident Lawyers
Drunk driving has been one of the foremost causes of traffic fatalities for several years, and traffic safety experts are voicing their concerns about the sudden increase in drugged driving accidents. This growing safety hazard comes from several different causes, including the rise in opioid use, sleeping pills, medical marijuana, and over-the-counter (OTC) medications that cause drivers to become sleepy, impairing their driving ability.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver, contact our Georgia Car Accident Attorneys for your free consultation. Our caring attorneys will fully explain your legal rights and help you understand how to protect those legal rights if they exist.
Medical marijuana use is becoming legal throughout the United States, and the number of drugged driving accidents is expected to rise. Right now, 36 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal marijuana, eighteen states have legalized marijuana, and thirteen states have passed laws that decriminalized all types of marijuana use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a study showing that over 12 million drivers admitted to driving while under the influence of marijuana, and 2.3 million drivers confessed to driving after consuming other drugs that impair driving ability.
Drugged driving poses serious law enforcement challenges because:
- No reliable roadside drug tests exist that can accurately determine the amount of THC or illegal drugs in a driver's system.
- Law enforcement ordinarily does not test for narcotics when a driver fails a blood alcohol test.
- Drugs can remain in the bloodstream for days or weeks, making it difficult to determine whether the driver's driving ability was affected.
- People who use illegal narcotics usually take other drugs and consume alcohol, making it difficult to resolve what contributed to the driver's impairment.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) study, 43% of drivers involved in fatal car accidents had alcohol and another drug in their system. These deadly alcohol and drug crashes occur more often than drunk driving accidents. Pro-marijuana advocates assert that THC does not impair a driver, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study states that THC can impact a driver's reaction time, the estimation of distance, and coordination, which are all essential skills needed for safe driving.
If you or a family member was hurt or if you tragically lost a family member in a drugged driving accident, talk to one of our car accident lawyers at no cost or obligation to you.
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