Consequences from Drug DUI Accident

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DUI Of Drugs: Several Possible Consequences That Could Result From A Drug DUI Accident

Based on information from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 10.1 million people have driven under the influence of illegal drugs between the years of 2006 and 2009. Any time a person drives under the influence of any kind of drug (legal or illegal), it can have some serious repercussions.

Drugs, whether they are prescription medications, over the counter medicines or illegal drugs, can cause your motor and visual skills to become impaired. Drugs also have a tendency to affect your judgment, cognition and reflexes. People impaired by these medications and/or illegal street drugs are not able to react in sufficient time to stop a collision either with an inanimate or animate object. However, driving while under the influence is done so under a conscious choice.


Driving Under The Influence Of Prescription Medication

There are all kinds of drugs that impair a person’s ability to get behind a wheel of a car and drive. These medicines can include:

- Allergy meds
- Amphetamines
- Antibiotics
- Anti-nausea
- Anxiety medicines
- Blood pressure
- Cough syrups
- Decongestants
- Tranquilizers

Most people don’t realize that taking an over the counter allergy or cold symptom remedy can cause them to be unable to drive a vehicle. The risks are there though. If it’s combined with a minute amount of alcohol, legal medications or with over the counter medication, it can be very dangerous and have fatal repercussions, as their reaction time and judgment are significantly decreased.

Driving Under The Influence Of Marijuana

You can find tons of advocates that say marijuana is harmless and never hurt anybody but the reality is that marijuana can have a negative impact on one’s driving. Much like alcohol and other types of drugs, marijuana can impair a person’s ability to drive a vehicle. In fact, one study concluded that smoking one joint reduced a person’s reaction time by 41 percent; two joints reduced it by nearly 63 percent. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, marijuana is the second main substance that causes fatal driving accidents. Number one is alcohol.

Both Civil and Criminal Penalties Associated With Drug-Related Vehicle Accidents

The same consequences are applied to driving under the influence of drugs as there are to driving under the influence of alcohol. It does not matter if a person has taken cold medication or had a powerful narcotic, the consequences could mean injury or death. For DUI auto accidents involving a death, the charge is vehicular manslaughter.  Criminal punishment often includes jail/prison time and fines. It’s also possible they’ll be held responsible in a civil trial due to their actions. Drug-related accident victim may be able to recover monetary damages to take care of the medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc.

What Should Be Done After A Drug-Related Accident

If a person you know or yourself have been involved in an accident that was caused by a driver who was under the influence of drugs, it’s imperative that you call a DUI accident victim attorney who has experience with representing these types of victims. There is a limited amount of time to pursue any kind of compensation in a wrongful death, personal injury claim. The moment you are able, speak with a lawyer. You want to get the evidence preserved as quickly as you can.

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