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The significant dangers of driving under the influence of drugs

| Mar 12, 2018 | blog

There are many factors that could place Illinois drivers at a higher risk of being involved in a car accident. Inexperience, alcohol and distraction can make a driver more likely to cause an accident, as well as drugs. Even prescription drugs can affect the way a person is able to operate a motor vehicle. Regardless of the type, a person affected by drugs could be a danger to everyone on the road.

Like alcohol, drugs can affect a person’s cognitive function and physical reactions. Unlike alcohol, however, there is no universal way to accurately test for the amount of a drug in a person’s system or how impaired a person on drugs is at a specific moment. For this reason, victims of drugged driving may feel that it is difficult to hold appropriate parties accountable for their pain and suffering.

The impact of drugs on a person’s mind

The way that a drug will affect a person after consuming it differs on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the type of drug and multiple other factors, some of the ways that illicit or prescribed drugs can affect a person operating a motor vehicle include the following:

  • Slows reaction times to danger and hazards
  • Leads to a higher chance of aggressive behavior
  • Makes drivers more likely to make reckless decisions
  • Increases dizziness or drowsiness

Further affecting the way that drugs impact a person is the interaction with other drugs, prescription or otherwise, and alcohol. Additionally, it can make a tired driver sleepier or he or she could have difficulty focusing on the task at hand.

Regardless of the type of drug, every driver is responsible for knowing when he or she is not capable of safely driving. The consequences of drugged driving can be serious or fatal, often affecting innocent motorists and passengers.

You may have a case

It may seem impossible, but with help, you can hold liable parties accountable for the consequences of drugged driving. Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover your losses, address your physical needs and secure the compensation you need for future medical care.

If you believe you are the victim of drugged driving, it can be beneficial to seek guidance as soon as possible after an accident. This can allow you to understand your needs and move forward with the appropriate course of action. Drugged driving is unacceptable and dangerous, and as a victim, you have the right to take action.