Posted on January 26, 2018
A little over a week ago, a 29-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were charged after they were caught driving while under the influence of drugs in Lancaster County. They were both charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. The male was also charged with driving on a suspended license. Luckily, no accidents or injuries stemmed from this incident, but what if their actions had led to a serious accident? In some cases, these accidents do not end well, with severe injuries or even death when a victim is involved.
There are many effects that drugged driving could have on your ability to control a vehicle. For instance, if somebody uses cocaine or methamphetamine and gets behind the wheel of a car, they could become aggressive and reckless when driving. Those who choose to drive after marijuana use will find that their reaction time is slowed, they have impaired judgment, and decreased coordination, which puts them at a higher risk of accidents.
According to a study conducted in 2016 to find how many people use drugs and drive, the statistics show that 20.7 million people over 16 drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year, and 11.8 million drove under the influence of illicit drugs. Marijuana tends to be the drug that is found most often in the blood of drivers involved in crashes. Those with THC in their blood were also more likely to be responsible for an accident ending in fatality.
Drugged driving tends to be just as prevalent as drunk driving. States have been working toward reducing these incidents by passing laws and penalties for convictions, requiring testing for all drivers in fatal accidents, educating the public, and providing additional training for law enforcement. But what if it is too late and you have suffered an injury at the hands of a negligent party who was driving while drugged?
We can help you in your time of need when you have been injured due to the negligence or carelessness of another party. This means, if somebody decided to use drugs and get behind a wheel and you were injured as a result, we can help you recover. We want to hear from you today at Edelstein Martin & Nelson. Give us a call as soon as possible at 888-208-1810.