Impaired driving because of drug use a growing problem

Driving under the influence doesn't always mean that the driver is drunk. It can mean that the driver was under the influence of drugs. Drugged driving is a new and upcoming problem on the highways of Tennessee and the entire United States. Since 23 states and Washington D.C. have made marijuana legal it has become a bigger problem than it has been in the past. Four of these states and the District of Columbia have approved this drug for recreational use, while the others have made it legal as a medicine. There has also been a surge in prescription drugs recently.

Taking these drugs is not always a negative thing. However it can become dangerous if the driver of a car is using a drug that impairs his or her ability to operate a vehicle. A full 40 percent of those who have been in a fatal car crash tested positive for drugs. When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did a test, they found that 22 percent of all drivers who were stopped and tested were positive for some drug or medication.

What makes it even more dangerous for you on the road is that some people mix drugs and alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car. In these types of cases, there is generally nothing you can do to prevent an accident. In other words, you can be as careful as possible, but if they are going to hit you, they are going to hit you.

In cases like this there will be extensive damage to you and your car. You deserve to be recompensed for the damage done, both physically to you and to your vehicle. Knowing your options at a time like this is empowering.

Source: Governors Highway Safety Administration, "New Report Urges National, State Action on Drugged Driving," Sep. 30, 2015

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