Injured By A Driver Under The Influence Of Drugs?

When you think of car accidents caused by drugs, your mind may immediately jump to drivers who use cocaine, methamphetamine or other illegal drugs. You might not think about over-the-counter or prescription medications, but these powerful drugs can also cause motorist impairment and cause an auto accident.

While law enforcement officials devote significant resources to reduce the numbers of people who drive under the influence of alcohol, drugged driving has not received the same level of attention. This is despite the fact that a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey revealed that more than 16 percent of weekend, night-time drivers tested positive for at least one illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drug.

Understand Common Drug Impairments
Illegal, prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause effects that can impair a person’s ability to drive. Ranging from mild side effects to severe, mind-altering impacts, these changes in mood and behavior can contribute to car accidents.

Among the most common impairments observed in drugged driving cases are:

Memory loss. A drug can limit a person’s ability to draw information from previous experiences, potentially increasing the risk of confusion or risk-taking behavior.
Loss of coordination. People under the influence of drugs may be physically unable to operate a motor vehicle safely.
Loss of judgment. Drugs often affect a person’s decision making abilities.
Altered perception. Hallucinations or distortions of distance, time and speed carry obvious risks on roadways, both to the safety of a driver and other motorists.
Anxiety. Extreme anxiousness or paranoia can make it impossible for a motorist to responsibly operate a vehicle.
Euphoria. Feelings of overconfidence, fearlessness or delirium often accompany drug use. These feelings can lead a person to make irresponsible decisions behind the wheel
Drowsiness or lethargy. Alertness is vital when driving a motor vehicle. If a person is drowsy or lethargic, he or she is likely to have longer response time to traffic events, endangering other motorists.
In a worst-case scenario, a driver may simply fall asleep or otherwise be rendered unresponsive by the effects of a drug. In these situations, a vehicle in essence becomes an unguided missile on the roadway, primed to catastrophically harm other motorists.

Get Justice After An Accident Caused By Drugs
If you or a loved one has been harmed in an accident caused by drugs, or a crash in which you were hit by a drunk driver, personal injury law may allow you to pursue compensation for injuries, property damage and lost wages. This can be the case whether illicit, over-the-counter or prescription drugs — or a combination thereof — caused a driver’s impairment.

An experienced attorney can help prove that a motorist took an illegal substance, misused a legally prescribed medication or failed to heed driving restrictions listed on the label of an over-the-counter product. This legal advocate will seek fair compensation on your behalf, serving as a go-to source of information throughout the personal injury process.

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Injured By A Speeding Motorist?

We live in a fast-paced world in which speed is a priority. This extends to our nation’s streets and highways, where the effort to shorten commuting times is a constant focus of many motorists. Roadway safety is often a secondary thought, unfortunately, and speeding drivers often cause car accidents that hurt and kill other motorists.

Speeding does not only endanger the safety of drivers, however. Especially in towns and cities, rules governing speed limits are also designed to protect the welfare of cyclists and pedestrians. For example, speed limits in schools zones are typically lower given that children walk in the area. In short, vehicle laws are meant to protect everyone’s safety.

If you or loved one has been injured by someone who was speeding in a vehicle, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for damages relating to injuries or economic losses sustained as the result of a crash.

Common Forms Of Speeding
There are a number of classifications of speeding that can have a bearing on your personal injury lawsuit. Common forms include:

Driving above posted speeds. Motorists who are driving above posted speeds, in addition to potentially being cited for a moving violation, may be liable in any car accidents that occur at the time of speeding.
Ignoring speed advisories. Advisory speed limits are recommended maximums that apply to a specific part of the road. Often speed advisories apply to curves or other challenging stretches of road where traveling the officially posted speed limit could be dangerous. While breaking speed advisories typically does not result in a moving violation, motorists who ignore them may be liable for any accidents that occur.
Driving at speeds that are unsafe for conditions. The posted speed limit applies when there are not adverse conditions that make travel difficult or dangerous. Motorists may be held liable for accidents if they drive at excessive speeds — even if they are below the posted limit — when rain, snow or other conditions make such speeds dangerous.
Aggressive or reckless driving tactics. Speeding drivers often also engage in aggressive behaviors on the road. These may include rapid lane changes (often without signaling), cutting other drivers off or driving very closely behind motorists.

When Speeding Drivers Cause Accidents
Speed limits establish the maximum velocity at which a road can safely be traveled; when a driver breaks the limit, he or she endangers the public’s welfare. Because speeding is considered a form of negligence, a motorist who drives at excessive speeds can be determined the responsible party in an accident, and thus, made liable for injuries and other damages.

An experienced attorney can be an important source of information following an auto crash with a speeding driver. A lawyer can investigate an accident and negotiate with insurance companies, working on your behalf to secure fair compensation for damages. An attorney can also offer insight into whether another factor may have played a part in a crash, including if drug use led to an accident.

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