As you likely guessed, drugged driving is the act of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs. Drugged driving refers to both prescription and illegal drugs and substances. Both types of drugs have the potential to:
- Slow reaction times
- Reduce attentiveness
- Affect perception of time and speed
- Impair one’s ability to concentrate on the road
- Cause drowsiness
- Impair eyesight
Drugged Driving in the U.S.
Drugged driving is drunk driving’s quiet, destructive cousin. While parents, schools and highway safety groups launch massive anti-drunk driving campaigns, drugged driving isn’t discussed. This is a dangerous mistake.
Drugged driving in Pennsylvania and across the nation represents a serious threat to those around them. What’s more, it can be very difficult to “catch” a drugged driver.
While detecting alcohol levels in the body is fairly simple—.08 representing the legal limit in the U.S.—there is no standard limit for determining if a driver is impaired by drugs. In addition, it is tricky to determine the drug levels of a driver, as some drugs remain in the body for days or even weeks after they have been used. This makes it hard to tell if the driver took the drugs hours or weeks before getting into an accident.
Unfortunately, our Bristol, Pa. auto accident lawyers have seen many people injured, even killed, by a drugged driver. Due to the nature of drug testing, it can be difficult to prove that the driver was drugged. This can make the case hard to prove—but not impossible.
For experience you can trust, call 800.860.5801 and schedule a free consultation with a Bucks County car accident attorney who has the power and knowledge to fight for your rights.