Have You Been Injured in a DUI Related Car Accident?
When most of us think about DUI (driving under the influence) crashes, we immediately think of alcohol, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to remind motorists that a variety of substances and drugs can lead to a DUI charge. Alcohol isn’t the only substance that can impact your ability to safely operate an automobile. Drugged driving is illegal in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. It’s equally important to note that drugged-driving isn’t just classified as illegal and illicit drugs. Legally prescribed medications and even some over-the-counter drugs can be illegal behind the wheel.
Illegal Drugs Behind The Wheel
Obviously, illegal drugs are definitely illegal behind the wheel. Any drug that impacts your ability to safely drive a motor vehicle is illegal behind the wheel. Marijuana can slow down your reaction times and endanger your life and the lives of others on California roadways. Cocaine, methamphetamine and many other popular illicit and illegal drugs have no place behind the wheel.
Prescription and Over-The-Counter Meds While Driving
Even some legally prescribed drugs and over-the-counter medications can be illegal when they’re mixed with driving. If your medicine makes your drowsy, you shouldn’t be driving when you’re on it. If the label has any kind of warning about heavy machinery, that includes automobiles. If you’re not sure about a medication, whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter, you can ask a local pharmacist. If you get into an accident and hurt or kill somebody while taking certain prescription or over-the-counter medications, you can be charged with drugged driving or DUI.
Drugged Driving Accidents in San Diego
Cases involving drugged drivers aren’t always immediately apparent. If you suspect the driver involved in your injury crash was drug-impaired at the time of the wreck, you need to contact a lawyer about your concerns immediately to get the ball rolling on your case. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a suspected drugged driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.