What Exactly is "Driving High?"
Most people think that driving high means getting behind the wheel after doing illegal drugs like marijuana and consuming other hard drugs. However, people who have medical conditions and take medications prescribed by a doctor are also at risk of being "high behind the wheel.
Whether illicit or prescribed legally, driving under the influence of drugs can be the catalyst to a severe motor vehicle crash. Learn the dangers.
Drug-Impaired Driving By The Numbers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports some concerning drug-impaired driving crash statistics:
- In 2016, over 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of narcotics or alcohol.
- Both legal and illegal drugs are a factor in 16% of motor vehicle crashes.
- 13% of drivers on the road at night and weekends have marijuana in their system.
- Marijuana users are roughly 25% more likely to be involved in a car crash than drivers who do not.
The Effects of Drugs on Driving Ability
Taking drugs and getting behind the wheel can have life-altering consequences. Substances like over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs all can have the following effects on driving abilities:
- Slowed coordination
- Impaired judgment
- Delayed reaction time
- Visual impairment
Illicit drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines can cause drivers to become reckless and aggressive, exponentially increasing the risk of being involved in a devastating crash. Taking more than one drug or mixing drugs can also heighten impairment.
Injured by an Impaired Driver? Let Us Help You Seek Justice
When hurt in a car crash involving an impaired driver, it's a shocking event. To make matters even more daunting, impaired driving accidents are preventable. While any car accident can suddenly turn your world upside down, impaired driving accidents are one of the most dangerous and often result in life-threatening injuries.
If a drunk or high driver severely injured you or a loved one in a crash, Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. is here to help you hold them accountable for their actions.
Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. today at (888) 499-6206 to schedule a free consultation.