When an impaired driver causes an accident, the victim has the right to sue for compensation. For over 20 years, our personal injury attorneys at Action Law Offices have been standing up for the rights of individuals who have been injured by the sheer irresponsibility and negligence of another party. We take the time to fully investigate the case and gather all of the documentation from police that may be evidence of the driver's drug usage, drug impairment, or alcohol level.
Accidents Caused by Driver on Drugs
A report from the Substance Abuse and Medical Health Services Administration says there are more than 4.3 million current nonmedical users of painkillers. The same study states that four out of five new heroin users started by misusing prescription pain killers. A more recent report published by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association states that fatal car crashes involving marijuana, opioids and drug use have increased over the past decade; surpassing incidents related to alcohol. In 2016 44% percent of “fatally-injured drivers” tested positive for drugs.
How many of these people are operating a motor vehicle impaired? The answer may alarm you.
Fines and a jail sentence are not enough for a driver who caused serious injuries or a death due to their driving under the influence of drugs. Our personal injury lawyers are aggressive advocates for injured clients and their families. We believe that you should get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have suffered after an impaired driver accident.
Everyone knows that drunk driving is a crime. However, many people do not realize that driving under the influence (DUI) also encompasses individuals who are impaired by drugs. When an accident occurs as the result of an impaired driver, even the harshest criminal penalties do not compensate you. Impaired drivers, whether from alcohol or drugs, must be accountable in civil court for the drunk driving accident they caused that resulted in your serious injuries.
Holding the Drugged, Irresponsible and Reckless Driver Responsible
Our lawyers conduct a detailed investigation of not only the accident scene, but also the driver's previous criminal record. A pattern of negligent or impaired driving can be used to demonstrate the driver's complete disregard for safety. The law allows for increased or punitive damages when individuals act willfully and wantonly, with disregard for others. We can examine the possibility of seeking punitive damages as we prepare your case.
Impaired Drivers can Cause Pedestrian Accidents
Impaired drivers often cause accidents both on, and off of the road. When pedestrians are involved, the injuries are often serious, if not life-threatening and life-changing. Let us help you seek compensation for the injuries you or a loved one suffered after being hit by a car while in a crosswalk or as a pedestrian on a road. Our firm has the experience needed to ensure that all aspects of the case are investigated and brought forward as evidence of the negligence that left you injured.
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