Hit by a Drug Affected Driver?

People impaired by a drug are not safe drivers. Impaired drivers put everyone at risk including other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

Serious accidents can easily happen when someone drives while impaired by a drug. Many drivers who have collisions may have both drugs and alcohol in their system. Police can test drivers for alcohol-impairment using breath tests. Police also trained as drug recognition experts have the tools and ability to determine if a person is impaired by drugs.

Studies of vehicle accidents around the world show that the drugs most commonly found in drivers involved in accidents (after alcohol) include: cannabis (marijuana), opioids, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, and cocaine.

Driving ability becomes even worse if drivers combine drugs, such as cannabis, with alcohol.

Prescription drugs can also impair driving. Legal drugs, such as opioid pain relievers and benzodiazepines (prescribed for anxiety or sleep disorders), can affect a person’s ability to safely control a moving vehicle. People who are prescribed these medications are warned by their pharmacist against operating any machinery, including vehicles, for a certain time after taking them.

People driving under the influence of drugs often cause catastrophic injuries to innocent victims.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a drug influenced driver, call Personal Injury Attorney Chelsie M. Lamie at 727-501-3464 for a free consultation. You can also learn more about Attorney Lamie by visiting www.chelsielamie.com.

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