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Drugs present in over 40 percent of drivers killed in crashes

When motorists choose to get behind the wheel after using drugs, the results can be devastating. Drug use can contribute not only to serious injuries, but crash-related fatalities. A new study has shed even more light on the tragic and dangerous mix of drugs and driving.

Sobering statistics

Research from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) demonstrates the prevalence of drugs in accidents. According to the GHSA’s research, over 40 percent of drivers who were in fatal accidents in 2016 tested positive for drugs. In addition, nearly 40 percent tested positive for marijuana, while 16 percent tested positive for opioids.

The study shows that alcohol use among fatally-injured drivers declined from 41 percent in 2006 to 38 percent in 2016. Drug use, however, increased from 28 percent in 2006 to 44 percent in 2016—an alarming 16-percent jump.

What to do if you are in a crash

Even if you drive defensively and responsibly, there is still a risk of being in an accident. If you are in an accident involving another driver, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. You should also document the scene of your accident by taking photographs. Get the other driver’s name, phone number, license plate number and insurance information. After these steps, you may wish to seek help from a personal injury attorney who has experience with car accidents.

If you suspect that the other driver involved in the accident was using drugs, make a mental note of this and discuss it with your attorney. To penalize the offender and receive maximum compensation, you will need persuasive evidence that they were intoxicated. An attorney may be able to collect evidence, request a drug test of the suspect and examine their history of drug use.

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