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Drugged driving and the threat to your personal safety

Florida readers know that issues such as drunk driving or distracted driving are a direct threat to the well-being of everyone on the road. However, drugged driving is also one of the most prominent causes of car accidents and motorist injuries. Like distracted or drunk drivers, drugged drivers can face both criminal charges and civil claims for damages caused by their negligent behavior.

The decision to operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, even legally prescribed ones, can result in deadly consequences. Any driver who attempts to operate a vehicle while under the influence of any type of illegal drug, controlled substance or prescribed medication that alters their physical reactions or mental cognition is a danger. If you experienced harm because of a driver who was under the influence of drugs, you may have grounds to seek compensation.

The effect of drugs on a driver's abilities

Drugged driving can happen from the abuse or misuse of any kind of drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the effect of a drug on a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle depends on the type of drug. Marijuana is the subject of much debate, yet no matter how or why a person consumed this type of drug, it is always dangerous for a driver for the following reasons:

  • It alters reaction times.
  • It slows a driver's cognition.
  • It decreases a driver's ability to react to danger appropriately.
  • It can diminish a driver's coordination.

This is an example of how only one type of drug can affect how a person operates a vehicle. Both legal prescriptions and illegal drugs can cause a driver to weave in between lanes, drive at erratic speeds and make poor decisions that ultimately lead to accidents. If a drugged driver caused you harm, you would be wise to take quick action to hold that individual accountable for his or her actions.

The compensation you need and deserve

There is no excuse for drugged driving. If you suffered harm because of this harmful and irresponsible decision, it would be prudent for you to start by seeking an evaluation of your case and an explanation of your legal options.

Through a civil claim, it is possible for you to hold the person who caused you harm accountable for your pain and suffering. Through a civil action, you may be able to secure restitution for your medical bills, emotional duress and other accident-related losses.

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