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.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.