Drugs Cause Impaired Driving Across Georgia


February 25, 2016

Drugs can have a considerable effect on the brain and, in turn, your ability to drive in a safe manner. The type of drug will determine its effect. For instance, marijuana has been shown to decrease reaction time, diminish motor coordination, and impair judgment of distance and time. Drivers who use cocaine or methamphetamine might behave aggressively or recklessly, often traveling at excessive speeds. In contrast, those who take sedative drugs like benzodiazepines could find themselves drowsy or dizzy while behind the wheel, which can lead to accidents.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we understand the grave consequences of drugged driving because we have assisted clients injured by drugged drivers. Intoxicated driving accident cases present some legal challenges because it is not always easy to determine whether a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Our firm assists clients injured by drugged drivers to build their claim.

Drugged Driving is a Growing Problem

Driving while intoxicated has traditionally been associated with the highest rates of fatal accidents, but today drugged driving is growing as a national problem. Drug use across the country is up overall and drivers seem to be less wary of driving while under the influence of drugs. The increasing acceptance of marijuana and some other drugs, along with the tremendous problem of prescription drug use, has made intoxicated driving a problem of epic proportions.

It is hard to measure how many accidents are linked to drugged driving because:

  • There is not an accurate roadside test to detect drug levels in the body like there is with alcohol;
  • People are often not tested for drugs if they are intoxicated because many times there is already enough evidence to charge them with a DUI;
  • Many drivers are found to have both drugs and alcohol in their system, or multiple drugs, making it hard to know which substance was the contributing factor in the accident.

Any drug can impact perception, judgment, or driving abilities. Some of the most commonly abused drugs that lead to accidents include marijuana, prescription drugs, such as pain killers and sedatives, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Teens are the most likely to use drugs before driving, but all age groups can be implicated in these crashes.

All car accident victims who believe drugs could have been a factor in the crash should contact an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can evaluate the facts and circumstances of what happened as well as take the necessary steps to protect your rights.  Drugged driving can be challenging to prove and prompt action is necessary. Your attorney will help to ensure your legal rights are protected.

Put Out Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Claim!

If you have been injured by a drugged driver, you should be eligible to seek compensation from the at-fault driver responsible for the accident. The Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assist accident victims in Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 30 years of experience and is committed to providing zealous representation to each injured client. We also provide a wealth of knowledge to enhance your ability to obtain a full recovery. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of reaching the best possible outcome. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible.

Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source:
https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/drugged-driving

Category: Auto Accidents

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