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Most Common Drugs Involved in Drugged Driving Crashes

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Drugged driving is becoming more and more common, closing in on alcohol as a common cause of auto accidents. Driving with any sort of impairment is dangerous, but drugs can be especially harmful.

Drivers under the influence of drugs are especially dangerous because the effects can differ from person to person, causing different levels and types of driving risks. No matter the effects, however, most studies show a negative influence on driving skills tied to drug use.

Drugged driving accidents can be serious, and it’s important to understand the signs and types of drugs a driver might have taken, as well as the state laws that will affect your case.  

Types of Drugs

Using illicit drugs before driving can be deadly, especially because there is no way to confidently measure or control the amount of the substances in question. Because illegal drugs aren’t regulated, it’s impossible to know how much of a dose the person has taken.

Determining how the drug will affect the person depends on the type of drug. For example, alcohol will have a vastly different effect on a person than cocaine or marijuana.

Below are some of the most common substances involved in drugged driving crashes:

  • Marijuana – Closely following alcohol in common use, marijuana has been linked in some studies to an increased crash risk. While more research needs to be performed, many states do have zero-tolerance policies in place.
  • Prescription Drugs – Many drugged driving crashes involved prescription drugs, especially painkillers. Whether these are prescribed or not won’t make a difference—driving under the influence is reckless and negligent.
  • Combinations of Drugs – Many drug users involved in crashes are found with more than one substance in their system. Alcohol and marijuana are often combined, and when these substances are mixed and the person gets behind the wheel, the results can be deadly.

Wisconsin’s Laws on Drugged Driving

If you are hit by someone who is driving under the influence of drugs, the drugged driver will likely be found at fault. In the state of Wisconsin, it is illegal to drive under the influence of any controlled substance.

If the driver is suspected of drugged or drunk driving, he or she should be tested quickly after your accident. The officers on the scene will have the proper equipment to test the levels of drugs in the driver’s system. If he or she is found with any controlled substances in his or her system, the driver will be guilty under state law.

This could be useful for your personal injury claim. If you are seeking compensation for your damages, the fault may clearly be on the drugged driver.

Hurt by a Drugged Driver?

Despite the evidence against a drugged driver, you may still have questions or concerns about your claim for personal injury compensation. At the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg, we’re ready to answer any questions you have about your case.

For a free consultation with a qualified attorney, contact us as quickly as possible. Give us a call at 414-271-7007 or fill out our online contact form below.