How Dangerous Is “Drugged Driving”?

Our nation goes to incredible lengths to warn the public about the dangers of drunk driving, but “drugged driving” is rarely mentioned. The fact is, drugged driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents nationwide.

Drugs can alter perception, cognition, attention and reaction time, making the driver incredibly dangerous on the road. Even legal prescription medications can cause dizziness and drowsiness; those side effects can lead to deadly accidents.

In 2012, an estimated 10.3 million people admitted to driving under the influence of drugs. The study showed that users were most often young adult males, ages 18-25.

On July 12, a Chevrolet Tahoe barreled into a Denver storefront along South Colorado Boulevard. Witnesses report that the SUV narrowly missed a lamppost and a fire hydrant before running into the store.

The driver was traveling northbound in the southbound lane for more than half a block before impact, and he never even slowed down before impact. Investigators believe the man was on drugs at the time of the accident.

Four people were injured, including a 60-year-old woman who sustained “very” critical injuries. The driver himself, a man in his 20s, seriously injured his arm and had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The offending driver had been arrested for reckless driving twice before, in 2012 and 2013. He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault.

All drugs can impair driving, even legal prescriptions or over-the-counter remedies. Drivers are responsible for their behavior on the road, and they are responsible if their negligence harms or kills someone.

Car Accident Attorneys in Colorado

If your injuries were caused by a drugged driver, Metier Law Firm can help. Our experienced car accident attorneys know the law, and we can help you get justice.

Metier Law Firm, LLC – Injury Attorneys Serving Clients Nationwide

[Did You Know: In 2009, 18 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for at least one illicit or prescription drug.]


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