Car Accidents & Drugs
Similar to drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs is an extreme endangerment to the driver and the people around the driver.
However, some drugs have a notion behind them that it's okay to be using the drug and driving with them. This is not correct. No matter the severity of the drug, it's never okay to drive under the influence.
A car can kill someone, which is why it's important to be completely sober when you operate a vehicle.
In this article, we're going to look at statistics surrounding drug use while driving a vehicle, why you shouldn't drive under the influence, and what to do if someone you know is trying to drive under the influence.
By the end of it, you will learn more information pertaining to this topic that'll help you and the people around you become better drivers.
Drugs and Driving Statistics
As noted, learning about the statistics behind driving under the influence will ensure the severity of the issue. Below is a list of statistics surrounding the issue.
- In 2017, almost 13-million people drove under the influence of a drug
- Marijuana is the 2nd most common drug found in people's systems involved in an under the influence car crash (most common being alcohol)
- Studies show a driver under the influence of Marijuana is twice as likely to get into a serious car accident
- In 2016, almost 20-percent of under the influence drivers tested positive for opioid use
As you can tell by the statistics, driving under the influence of drugs is very popular among drivers despite the severe car accidents it'll cause.
Why You Shouldn't Drive Under the Influence
Although it sounds self-explanatory, a lot of people don't understand why you shouldn't drive under the influence. Below is a general list of reasons why you shouldn't drive under the influence.
Your Judgement is Impaired
The number one reason why you shouldn't drive under the influence is because of your lapsed judgment. You're in a state of mind that doesn't know right or wrong; causing you to envision the world around you differently.
You May Lose Consciousness While Driving
While on a drug, you may lose consciousness while driving because of your inability to stay awake. This may lead to a serious accident that might risk your life.
You May Speed or Violate Traffic Rules Without Realizing
Since your consciousness is impaired on drugs, you don't realize if you're driving properly. Causing you to disobey traffic rules without even realizing it.
Your reaction time is reduced
Having the ability to make quick decisions and to be able to react quickly is essential to driving safely on the roads. It isn't just you out there. You have to be able to react quickly to other drivers' decisions.
What to do if Your Friend is Under the Influence
If you know of anyone who drives or wants to drive under the influence, make sure they stop. Show them the statistics and risks involved with driving under the influence. Below is a list of what to do if your friend wants to drive under the influence.
- Give them a ride if you're sober
- Show them the risks with driving under the influence
- Tell them they're making a mistake
- Take their keys from them if they cause a scene
- Get them an Uber, Lyft, or Taxi
Have you been injured in a car accident because someone was under the influence of drugs?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident because the other driver was under the influence of drugs while driving, you are entitled to compensation. Your pain, suffering, and damages should be covered by the person responsible for your loss. You may be able to recover losses such as medical bills, healthcare costs, lost wages from missed work, pain and suffering from injuries, physical disabilities caused by your accident, and more.
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