The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports in its 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health that ten million individuals over the age of 12 reported driving after consuming drugs in the prior year. Men and young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 are more likely to use drugs and then drive than other groups. The most common drug found in drivers’ systems is marijuana, followed by prescription drugs.
Drugged driving is very dangerous because different drugs can have different effects on a person’s body and driving behavior. For instance, marijuana consumption may slow a driver’s reaction time, adversely affect judgment, and decrease coordination. On the other hand, consumption of cocaine or methamphetamines can result in aggressive, reckless driving behaviors. Finally, some sedatives and opiates can cause excessive drowsiness and dizziness, neither of which are helpful to safe driving.
Wisconsin is no exception to the nationwide trend of drugged driving, which can result in crashes causing injuries or even death. Under Wisconsin law, the penalties for drugged driving can be severe. If a driver has any amount of a controlled substance in their system, then he or she can receive the same penalties as a drunk driver. Plus, if a driver is under the influence of any drug – even a prescription or over-the-counter medication – to the extent that he or she is unable to drive safety, he or she also may be guilty of drugged driving. In addition to the criminal penalties for drugged driving, an individual who causes an accident while under the influence of drugs also is likely to be financial responsibility if the accident results in harm to others.
Whether your injuries result from a drugged driving crash, drunk driving accident, or an incident caused by another type of wrongful behavior by another driver, the Madison personal injury lawyers of Boller & Vaughan know how to effectively represent your interests. We will determine there are any personal injury claims that may be available to you, and help you choose the best course of action for you and your family to get compensation for your losses. Call our office today and get a better understanding about how our attorneys can help ensure that you obtain the maximum compensation that is possible in your case.