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Car Accidents and Drug Use
Denver and Aurora Auto Injury Lawyer | John R. FullerThere are over 6 million traffic accidents that take place annually and approximately 3 million result in some sort of injury to those involved. Unfortunately, a great number of these car accidents are caused by driving while impaired or under the influence of drugs. Not only can making the decision to drive while impaired carry legal repercussions, but it can cause another person serious bodily harm or even death. Although driving while impaired or “under the influence” is popularly associated with people who are driving when drunk, the reality is that drunk drivers are just one category that falls into the group of impaired drivers. Drivers who are impaired as a result of having taken drugs are often arrested and charged with DUI. Drug impairment can be caused by prescription drugs, legal over-the counter-drugs, as well as illegal drugs. In fact, any foreign substance ingested that impairs one’s judgment can qualify as a drug.
How Drugs Can Affect the Body:Drugs, whether taken alone, or in combination with other drugs or alcohol, can affect different people in many different ways. They can, and often do, impair one’s judgment and ability to operate a car in a safe manner. Drugs can affect drivers in a number of ways, including:
- Drugs reduce one’s reaction time, which can lead to a major accident.
- Drugs can have an impact on a driver’s awareness of his surroundings and/or his vision.
- Drugs can physically impair one such that he is less able to operate a vehicle.
- Many drugs cause hallucinations, taking them away from reality, and leading to such things as driving into oncoming traffic or into trees.
- Irrational behavior often comes with drug use – making one an erratic, and thus, unsafe driver.