Most people associate the terms DWI or DUI with driving under the influence of alcohol. However, driving while under the influence of any mind-altering drug can result in charges of DUI or DWI. Prescription medicines, marijuana, and other illicit drugs may impair one’s driving as much as alcohol, if not more so.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a drugged driver, contact the Rhinelander car accident attorneys today. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Call 800-242-2874 to schedule a free case evaluation with a legal professional.
Drugged Driving Statistics
Inebriated drivers are a common problem in our country. According to statistics gathered from different localities in the US:
- More than 16% of weekend nighttime drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter medication in 2007.
- Approximately 4 to 14 percent of drivers who sustained injury or died in traffic accidents tested positive for marijuana.
- 11.1% of the Maryland’s licensed adolescent drivers reported driving under the influence of marijuana on three or more occasions in 2007.
- 10% of Maryland’s adolescent drivers reported driving under the influence of a drug other than marijuana or alcohol in 2007.
When people take prescription or over-the-counter drugs, they are expected to learn how the drugs affect them before driving. There is no excuse for the deliberate choice to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of any mind-altering chemical.
If you have been involved in a car accident with a drugged driver, he or she may be liable for your damages, including property damage, medical expenses, and other related fees. Contact the Rhinelander car accident attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to speak with a qualified attorney about your legal options.