More Drivers Killed By Drugged Drivers Than Drunk Drivers
Experienced Florida accident attorneys protect the rights of injured victims
More drivers are killed by drugged drivers than drunk drivers, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. The study showed that, of the fatally injured drivers who were tested for drugs in 2016, 44 percent tested positive for one or more substance. This represents an increase of 28 percent over the number a decade earlier. Furthermore, the number of drivers testing positive for drugs surpassed the number of drivers who were known to be tested for alcohol and tested positive, which totaled 37.9 percent. Accident attorneys at Florida law firm Ged Lawyers, LLP protect those who have been injured in accidents involving alcohol or drugs, and successfully hold the negligent parties accountable.
Accidents involving alcohol or drugs are on the rise
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 29 people die every day in the United States in car accidents that involve an alcohol-impaired driver, amounting to one death every 50 minutes. The CDC stated that almost 10,500 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2016, which accounted for 28 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. More than one million drivers were arrested nationwide for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and drugs – not including alcohol – were involved in approximately 16 percent of car accidents that year. The CDC reports that marijuana use is on the rise and 13 percent of nighttime, weekend drivers were found with marijuana in their bloodstream.
Drugs, alcohol, and driving
In Florida, operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol (DUI) is against the law and the penalties are the same for both offenses. Impairment due to alcohol is widely understood; but impairment due to drugs – legal and illegal – is often misunderstood. Impairment due to drugs may include prescription drugs, over the counter medications for coughs, colds, and allergy symptoms, and other medicine. Many products cause drowsiness and consumers are advised to always check the labels on medications for warnings, and to ask a doctor or pharmacist about potential side effects of using the drug. Drinking alcohol while taking medications is particularly dangerous, as the effects of the alcohol or the drug can be multiplied significantly.
Controlled substances and illegal drugs also affect an individual’s response time, judgement, alertness, and reflexes, in addition to posing dangerous side effects. Some drugs render an individual incoherent and unable to appropriately respond to simple, everyday situations. Other drugs have the effect of boosting self-confidence, and provide a false sense of alertness and wellbeing.
Florida accident attorneys hold responsible parties accountable
At Ged Lawyers, LLP our accident attorneys believe that those responsible for causing harm should be held accountable. Our dedicated team aggressively fights on behalf of our clients, protecting their rights and securing the compensation they deserve for their injuries and other losses. If you have been injured in an accident that involved alcohol or drugs, contact a member of our team at 844-443-3529 or online to arrange for a confidential consultation to discuss your accident.