Drugged driving, or, in other words, operating a vehicle while impaired by an illegal or controlled substance, is a crime under Missouri law and a cause of thousands of drug-related crashes involving injuries and fatalities across the state.
By taking drugs and getting behind the wheel, motorists place not only themselves but also others at an increased risk of bodily injury or death. Although courts in Missouri take personal injury claims filed by victims of drugged driving accidents seriously, proving that the at-fault driver was impaired by drugs is not always easy.
And today, our Kansas City drugged driving accident attorney from Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., is going to explain how you can hold drugged drivers responsible for your resulting damages and injuries.
It is true that drunk driving accidents involving the consumption of alcohol are more common than car accidents involving motorists impaired by illegal or controlled substances. However, drugged driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving and presents similar risks and hazards.
Fact: About 22 percent of motorists in the U.S. admit to having driven while impaired by illegal or controlled substances. As you can guess, the real number of drivers who have at some point driven a vehicle while under the influence of drugs is much higher, because not all of them admit to drugged driving.
More often than not, drugged driving accidents involve the use of illegal substances such as cocaine, heroin, and LSD, but operating a vehicle while under the influence of prescription marijuana or other prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications that affect the motorist’s mental state and ability to operate a vehicle are also a common cause of car crashes.
In 2018, Missouri became the 31st state to legalize medical marijuana, yet many residents of Kansas City and other cities in Missouri are still not aware of how weed affects their driving abilities. Also, it is not uncommon for drivers to underestimate the impact of drugs that were prescribed to them on their ability to safely drive a vehicle.
In general, a drugged driving accident is any accident that is caused by a motorist operating a vehicle while under the influence of any type of substances other than alcohol. Our experienced drugged driving accident attorney in Kansas City explains that the following types of narcotics, opioids, illegal and controlled substances, and drugs can cause a drugged driving accident:
Recovering damages after a drugged driving accident may not be as simple as it seems. After all, you will have to prove that the driver was driving under the influence of drugs during the accident and also establish the driver’s fault. For this reason, it is important to be represented by a Kansas City drugged driving lawyer. Schedule a free consultation with our attorneys from Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., to discuss your case.
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