Just like the consumption of alcohol or the use of a cellphone while behind the wheel, using drugs before operating a motor vehicle can have deadly consequences. Drugged driving is just as dangerous as distracted or drunk driving, and innocent Florida residents may pay the price for this type of negligent and irresponsible behavior.
From prescribed medications to illegal street drugs, a driver is responsible for ingesting anything that alters his or her ability to safely drive a vehicle. Impairment can slow reaction times, take a driver longer to come to a complete stop and reduce a driver’s ability to make smart decisions behind the wheel.
The facts about drugged driving
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2016, 11.8 million people operated a vehicle while under the influence of drugs. Here are a few facts about this dangerous problem that could be placing you at risk:
- Adults age 18 to 25 are more likely to drive while under the influence of any type of drug.
- Men are more likely than women to get behind the wheel after consuming drugs.
- Marijuana, while a common and easily accessible drug, is one of the most common types of drugs associated with drugged driving accidents.
Over the last few years, there was a large shift in the way people think about the recreational use of marijuana. Regardless of your personal beliefs about the issue, the fact is, drivers who ingest any type of drug that can alter thinking and reaction times are accountable for any damages caused.
The numbers for drugged driving may seem alarmingly high, but sadly, the actual number may be higher. It is difficult to determine the role of drugs in many accidents, and there is not yet an accurate way to test for a driver’s drug levels when stopped by law enforcement.
Drugged driving is irresponsible and inexcusable
The fact is that drugged driving of any kind is inexcusable and irresponsible. If you are the victim of this type of negligent behavior, you have the right to take action and seek a beneficial outcome to your case.
If you suffered injuries after an accident caused by an impaired driver, you would be wise to start with a complete evaluation of your case. This can help you understand your legal options, including the best way to move forward with a civil claim against the liable party.