There is one study that has reported that more than 55 percent of drivers involved in serious or fatal car accidents in the United States were found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is a sad statistic, as it means that drivers across the country have been made victims of accidents that could have been easily prevented with better judgment. Follow along to find out how a drugged driving accident may occur and how one of the proficient Howard County drunk driving accident attorneys at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can help you in your case.
Under what circumstances may a drugged driving accident occur?
Evidently, the root cause of a drugged driving accident is when an individual partakes in drugs before getting behind the wheel. With now impaired driving capabilities, this drugged driver can cause a car accident in any of the following ways:
- A drugged driver acts on their increased risk-taking behavior, and therefore decides to speed, run a red light, or otherwise drive recklessly.
- A drugged driver fails to multitask properly, and therefore forgets to use a turn signal, check their blind spots, etc.
- A drugged driver fails to react properly, and therefore does not give them enough time to brake, turn, change lanes, etc.
- A drugged driver fails to see properly, and therefore cannot see other cars, pedestrians, or other hazards in their peripherals.
What evidence do I need for my claim?
If you are a victim of a car accident that was at the hands of a drugged driver, then you may qualify for a personal injury claim in the state of Maryland. As for any personal injury claim, you are responsible for satisfying your burden of proof. That is, you must collect enough evidence that proves that your injuries and damages are directly correlated to the at-fault driver of your car accident. With that being said, it may be in your best interest to obtain the following proof regarding the drugged driver:
- Copies of the drugged driver’s field sobriety tests.
- Copies of the drugged driver’s admission of guilt.
- Copies of the law enforcement officer’s collection of evidence (i.e., accident report).
In addition to recovering damages with your personal injury claim, you may qualify to seek a restitution award once a criminal court finds the individual to be guilty of driving while intoxicated. And also, you may qualify to take legal action against the individual’s insurance policy, as the state of Maryland prohibits insurance carriers from denying claims when their client decides to drive while intoxicated.
As you can see, there may be many legal options at your disposal. So to seek financial compensation and justice, you must reach out to one of the talented Howard County auto accident attorneys today.