Impaired driving is always dangerous driving, regardless of the specific factors contributing to the impairment. You are likely aware of the various risks you are facing every time you get behind the wheel. Educating yourself on the different types of impairment and how to recognize the signs of a potentially impaired driver may help you avoid accidents or protect your interests in the event of an accident.
Many people associate the term “impaired driving” with alcohol, but that is not the only reason why a driver might be impaired. Any type of impairment or external factor that affects a driver’s ability to concentrate on driving safely increases the chances of an accident.
Drugs and driving never mix
Despite a shift in the way culture views certain types of drugs and the ability to use marijuana as a legitimate type of medical treatment, it remains illegal to get behind the wheel after consuming any substance that can cause impairment. Many drivers who are actually impaired believe that they can still safely operate a vehicle. Some of the signs of drugged driving include the following:
- Taking more time to react to hazards
- Decreased coordination, which can lead to swerving
- Lack of concentration, leading to dangerous things such as failing to yield or stop at an intersection
Drugged driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Driving while high can mean that innocent people suffer consequences, such as extensive property damage, physical injuries and emotional trauma.
You know that prescription drugs can also be as dangerous as illicit drugs. There are certain medications that can cause significant drowsiness, blurred vision, difficulty concentrating and poor decisions. Regardless of the type of drug involved, victims of accidents caused by this type of impaired driving can have the right to pursue compensation for their suffering.
What rights do you have as an accident victim?
As an accident victim, you generally have the right to pursue financial compensation when you suffer harm because of the negligent or reckless actions of another person. If a drugged driver caused the accident that left you with physical injuries and financial losses, you may find it beneficial to explore your options for a civil claim against the liable parties.
The aftermath of an accident can be confusing and complex, but it can be helpful to learn about all of your options and your personal rights before you take action.