Driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated: these phrases often heard in Louisiana are typically tied to drunk drivers. However, not all impaired driving cases have to do with alcohol. Sadly, many have to do with drug abuse. Drug abuse and driving do not go well together, and this combination commonly leads to motor vehicle accidents. Were you injured, or did you lose a loved one in a collision with a drugged-up driver?
The state of Louisiana, like all other states, has a drug problem. Too many people here use legal and illegal substances in a manner that clouds their judgment and puts others at risk. When it comes to driving in particular, drugged drivers not only struggle to make good decisions when behind the wheel, their motor coordination and reaction timing are vastly compromised. This makes them more likely to be involved in auto accidents.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a collision with a driver who was high on drugs, you may file legal claims against him or her in an effort to seek compensation for your losses. Toxicology tests, which are taken following all motor vehicle accidents that result in injury or death, can help you establish the negligence required to successfully litigate your case — if it indeed goes to trial. Many times, personal injury and wrongful death claims are settled before things get that far.
The cost of drugged driving is high for victims and their families — as you well know. Whether you have suffered physically, financially or emotionally from an accident caused by another person’s drug abuse, you may receive monetary damages for all your documented and legally recoverable losses. To learn how an attorney can assist victims of motor vehicle accidents caused by intoxicated drivers, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.