How Often Do Drugs Contribute to Car Accidents in Florida?

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Car accidents happen every single day here in the state of Florida. Unfortunately, these accidents are almost always avoidable, meaning they are, in large part, due to driver negligence. We see various types of negligence, but one of the most common types of negligence is driving while under the influence of drugs. If you were wrongfully injured in an auto accident caused by someone on drugs, you can turn to a dedicated Jacksonville car accident lawyer from Ansbacher Law to help you fight for the compensation you deserve and need. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How often do drugs play a role in car accidents?

According to a study recently done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 55% of all fatal and serious auto accidents involve individuals who test positive for drugs or alcohol. Though this number is staggering, it shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise, as both drugs and alcohol can drastically impair a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Even legally-prescribed drugs can have a negative impact on a person’s driving ability. It’s also worth noting that often, even when a drug is legally prescribed, it may still be unlawful to drive while on the drug if it impairs the driver’s ability even slightly.

What should I do after being injured in an accident with someone who may be on drugs?

If you are injured in an auto accident with a driver who you believe is under the influence of drugs, the first and most important thing you can do is call the police. Doing so will ensure that they send medical services your way and write up an accident report. Additionally, if they believe the motorist is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they will likely require the individual to submit to a blood or breath test. In the event that you were injured due to a motorist who was under the influence, evidence of this can help you win compensation later on in a personal injury claim. It’s worth noting that if the other driver is behaving erratically, law enforcement can work to subdue them and will include this in their police report.

You should also be sure to gather witness contact information, take pictures of any damage caused by the accident, and keep copies of all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries. Finally, you should retain the services of a seasoned personal injury lawyer who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal.