Drugged driving is illegal and can result in serious and often fatal car accidents. Drugs reduce your reaction time, impair your judgement, and make it difficult to drive safely. Just like alcohol, driving impaired is dangerous and puts the driver, passenger, and others at risk for sustaining serious and life-threatening injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with an intoxicated driver, contact our Colorado Springs drugged driving accident attorneys for a free consultation right away.
The effects of drugs on driving depends largely on several factors including:
Marijuana is the most commonly found drug present in the blood of accident victims. Marijuana has been shown to reduce reaction times and impair judgment of time and distance. Drivers who use this drug may weave and cross lanes more readily, fail to stop at a stoplight in time, or run off of the road. Studies have shown that drivers with THC in their blood were roughly twice as likely to be responsible for a deadly accident than drivers who have not used drugs.
There is a rise of individuals using and abusing prescription drugs, such as pain killers. Prescription drug use can cause dizziness and drowsiness behind the wheel, making it difficult to react appropriately when driving and increasing the likelihood of falling asleep behind the wheel. In 2009, an NHTSA study found that 18% of drivers that were killed in crashes tested positive for at least one drug. A 2010 study found that of those deadly crashes – 47% had used a prescription drug – most commonly a pain killer.
Cocaine and methamphetamine use and driving should never mix. Individuals who drive while under the influence of cocaine and/or meth are more likely to engage in road rage, aggressive driving, and reckless behavior. 10% of drivers involved in fatal crashes that tested positive for drugs – had used cocaine.
Unfortunately, drugged driving is more common than you think. A 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 11.8 million people drove under the influence of illegal drugs in the last year alone. They also found that men were more likely to drive under the influence of drugs than women were and that younger drivers aged 18 to 25 were more likely to drive drugged than older adults.
If you are injured in a car accident by someone who you believe was driving under the influence of drugs, it is important to speak to a lawyer immediately. Contact the experienced Colorado Springs car accident attorneys at the Green Law Firm today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and discuss your case. Call us today at 1-719-694-8515.