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Drugged Driving: A New Frontier in Car Accidents

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Since medical marijuana became legal in Arizona, drugged driving is on the rise. Or is it? Arizona has faced the same challenges as other states that have legalized marijuana for various purposes, recreational use included. However, it is not marijuana that poses the threat as much as it has been prescription drug use that has increased drugged driving.

In recent years, while still a problem, drunk driving has been decreasing while incidents of drugged driving have been increasing exponentially. What this means is that law enforcement officers are seeking new ways to determine the best methods for keeping the roadways safe from this new menace: drugged driving. As spring turns to summer, American roadways become crowded with vacationers and road-trippers, especially in a state with some of the most beautiful scenic driving routes in the country.

While motorists should remember to drive defensively to mitigate the potential for being involved in an accident with a drugged driver, there is generally little a person can do if their car is in the pathway of a reckless driver who is capable of drugged driving. In order to combat the dangers posed by reckless, drunk, and drugged drivers, it is important to know more about the mind of someone who engages in this type of behavior.

The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in Phoenix have significant experience in helping clients who have been victims of drugged driving accidents. If you need help filing a claim for one of these awful, life changing accidents, we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.

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Drugged Driving vs. Drunk Driving

While drugged driving is becoming more of a problem, according to recent studies, drunk driving is more likely to cause fatalities, and resources should not be pulled away from the prevention of alcohol-related accidents. According to the findings of one study, this is because the effects of alcohol on a driver tend to be more severe than the effects of the most common drugs.

While the study in no way encourages the recreational use of drugs, it highlights an interesting problem. After analyzing data with regard to fatal car accidents involving drug and alcohol abuse, it was found that the odds of a drugged driver being involved in a fatal car accident were 1.66 whereas the same for a drunk driver was 14.67. The study also found that there was no significant risk increase for drivers who mixed the use of drugs with alcohol as compared to drivers who were victim by alcohol alone.

Drugs by Any Other Name Is still Reckless Driving

Hundreds of thousands of Americans use prescription medications on a daily basis, many of which have serious side effects. Everyone has seen the prescription drug commercials where the first 30 seconds are devoted to explaining the health benefits of taking the drug whereas the last 10 seconds is a quickly read or scrolling message about the potential side effects and possible negative interactions with other medications. Some of the most common side effects of any prescription drugs are nausea and drowsiness, while negative drug interactions can cause bouts of dizziness and lightheadedness.

Both drunk driving and drugged driving are serious problems that need to be continuously addressed in order to protect innocent motorists from harm. If a driver injures you in Phoenix who was under the influence of any intoxicating substance, call Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm to talk to someone about your options for recovery. Our professionals understand the unique nature of impaired driving accidents and can work quickly without ignoring damages.

Get Help Now

At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries from drugged driving accidents in the Phoenix area. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located near you.

If you have been in a drugged driving accident, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.