Illegal drug accidents are car accidents caused by the driver being under the influence of illicit or illegal drugs. Also called “driving while drugged,” these situations are included under DUI and DWI laws, which may differ slightly by state. Besides alcohol, illegal drugs are one of the main causes of all traffic injuries and fatal crashes. Many cases involve a mix of both alcohol and drugs.
Below are some statistics on illegal drug accidents. These are compiled from National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSUDH), as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
When considering illegal drug accident statistics, it is important to not that over-the-counter and prescription drugs can also become dangerous if abused or used improperly. For instance, using the drugs recreationally or using them without a prescription is dangerous and most cases considered to be illegal.
Lastly, a combination of drugs and alcohol can be fatal. Many drugs have unpredictable consequences when mixed with alcohol. As such, one should take precautions whenever taking over-the-counter or prescriptions drugs.
Drug-induced accidents are a leading cause of highway injuries and deaths. You may need to hire a lawyer if you or someone you know has been injured by a car accident. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and representation for your claim. Some drug accident cases may also involve criminal laws; an experienced lawyer can also help with these types of issues as well.
Last Modified: 05-16-2014 03:27 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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