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DUI Car Accidents

The use of drugs, alcohol and other substances that cause impairment increase the likelihood of a serious car accident.

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DUI Car Accident Injury Claims

Unfortunately, every year people suffer from mild to severe injuries related to car accidents while driving under the influence in California. These accidents can lead to personal injuries and financial difficulties for victims. If an accident causes injuries and/or the death of the victim, the dependents of the victim may claim compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the help of a wrongful death or car accident lawyer in California.

What Are The Effects Of Driving Under The Influence?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), three types of drugs are commonly used in drug-related DUI violations. These are:

  1. Over-the-counter drugs
  2. prescriptions
  3. Illegal substances

With how common it is to use over the counter medicine, some people are not aware that even they shouldn’t be driving.

Your symptoms are highly dependant on which drug you take. Some of them may leave you drowsy or sleepy. Distractions, both outside and inside the vehicle, may cause a collision while under the effects of a substance. The drug may cause lethargy and make the driver become unable to make sound decisions and may move unexpectedly. Body coordination may be affected, which can cause uncontrolled stopping, slowing, speeding, and running into objects. Consumption of drugs may also affect a driver’s mental alertness, disconnected feelings, euphoria, and worst-case scenarios, even seizures.

What Are The Different Substances That Lead To DUI?

Drugged driving can refer to the use of recreational drugs such as:

  • marijuana
  • cocaine
  • morphine
  • heroin
  • methamphetamine
  • amphetamine
  • ecstasy
  • PCP

Legally purchased prescription drugs and over-the-counter prescription drugs include:

  • anti-depressants
  • decongestants
  • valium
  • anti-anxiety medications
  • antihistamines
  • hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • sleeping pills

Recreational drugs lead to impairment as they induce a state of drowsiness. Certain recreational drugs also cause hallucinations, an increase in aggressive and reckless behaviour, and dizziness. Prescription drugs can cause a drugged driver to experience drowsiness, disconnection and lapses in judgement, lethargy, loss of coordination and loss of mental alertness. Some medications can cause seizures. In addition, if recreational drugs and prescription drugs are consumed with alcohol, the results are far more dangerous.

Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs Or Alcohol Statistics In California

  • About 1 in 3 traffic deaths in the United States involve a drunk driver
  • From 2003-2012 10,327 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver
  • In 2015 there were 116,190 driving under the influence convictions in California
  • 2,322 commercial drivers license actions taken in 2015 due to DUI
  • In 2015, 9.9% of total crash injuries were alcohol-involved; slightly lower than 10.4% reported for 2014.
  • Drug-involved crash fatalities decreased by 3.8% in 2015, after a decrease of 3.1% in 2014.

This information provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles in Califonia in their 2017 annual report of the California DUI Management Information System. This is a system that the state has in place to help combat the DUI problem with the use of proper data and analysis.

California DUI Accident Attorney

If you have been a victim of a drugged driving accident in California, contact a DUI car accident attorney to learn about your legal rights. Call Krasney Law at (909) 380-7200 for a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys will help you through the tough time of legal action and with recovering adequate financial compensation for your injuries, property damage, and other losses