Many people focus heavily on drunk driving as a major issue that they forget that some drivers are impaired by drugs. These drugs can have serious impacts on their ability to drive.
It’s imperative that all drivers ensure they’re fully capable of keeping control of their vehicle when they’re on the road. Anyone who isn’t able to do that may cause a crash that results in serious injuries or even death.
How do drugs impair drivers?
Drugs can cause a driver’s reaction time to slow down. This makes it more difficult for them to react to the obstacles and other circumstances around their vehicles. Many drugs have the same effects as alcohol. Unfortunately, some drivers combine drugs with alcohol, which can intensify their impairment.
One thing that some people don’t realize is that it isn’t always illegal drugs that impair drivers. In some cases, over-the-counter or prescription medications are the reason for the impairment. The fact that the substance is legal doesn’t mean that the person should drive while they’re taking it. The warning labels on these medication instruct people not to operate heavy machinery, which includes vehicles.
Anyone who’s struck by a driver who’s impaired should ensure they get the medical care they need for their injuries. They may choose to seek compensation for their injuries from the liable parties if they don’t have enough insurance to cover your expenses and damages. This is done by filing a personal injury claim in the civil court system. It’s best to have experienced legal guidance.