Drugged drivers place everyone on the road at risk, whether they’re driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription medication, or illegal drugs. When a drugged driver causes an accident, you’re entitled to compensation for the harm you have suffered.
How Drugged Drivers Put Everyone in Danger
Drugged drivers can experience a number of symptoms that increase the risk of a dangerous car accident. These include:
- Slowed reaction time
- Decreased motor skills
- Visual impairment
- Decreased judgment and problem-solving skills
Some signs that a driver might be drugged include:
- Not using headlights
- Not using turn signals
- Driving too slowly
- Swerving in and out of lanes
- Running red lights
- Being slow to respond to changes in traffic
- Driving erratically
Note that drugged drivers may not fit the stereotypical version of an addict. Sometimes, drugged driving accidents are caused by people who are taking new medications that have been prescribed by their doctors. They may get behind the wheel without realizing how the drug will affect them. Or, drugged driving can occur when someone mixes medications and experiences side effects that cause problems with driving. Older drivers can be particularly vulnerable to this type of impairment since they often take multiple medications and may already be struggling with age-related declines in driving skills.
Regardless of the reason for drugged driving, your safety should be your first priority. Drugged drivers can sometimes become belligerent or aggressive, so you should never confront anyone you suspect is under the influence. It’s best to call law enforcement immediately and inform them that you believe the person is drugged. The officer can then order urine or blood testing to help establish the cause of the accident.
Protecting Your Right to Compensation
You shouldn’t have to pay for damages caused by a drugged driver’s negligence. At the Nestor Law Office, we help West Virginia residents receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering related to car accident injuries.
Insurance companies often want to deny claims for accidents caused by drugged drivers, which is why it’s vital that you have an advocate on your side. We can establish liability, document damages, and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf for the highest possible compensation. If appropriate, we can assist you in seeking compensation from the drugged driver’s personal assets. Call today to schedule a free, no-obligation initial case review.