How Can Drugs Hinder One’s Driving Capabilities?

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Notably, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is considered illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. And yet, these types of incidents still occur far too often on the Texas roads. Continue reading to discover how drugs impact one’s driving capabilities and how an experienced Houston, Texas drunk driving accident lawyer can assist you if you are involved in a car collision. 

How do drugs impact one’s driving abilities?

Put simply, being under the influence of drugs impacts one’s driving abilities because it hinders one’s sense of danger, reactions toward hazards, and control of the motor vehicle. Examples of how drugged driving can lead to a car collision are as follows:

  • A drugged driver fails to make good judgment when it comes to driving under the enforced speed limit. 
  • A drugged driver fails to concentrate when it comes to changing lanes, making a turn, following safety signs and signals, etc.
  • A drugged driver fails to coordinate the timing of a turn, the use of the brake, etc. 
  • A drugged driver fails to react to hazards that pop up on the road. 
  • A drugged driver fails to see other drivers, pedestrians, or hazards in their peripherals. 

What do I do if I am involved in a car collision with a drugged driver?

There is usually a civil and criminal element when it comes to a drugged driving case. And so, there may be things that you should approach differently than if you were in a standard car collision. 

For one, you should immediately call a law enforcement officer to the scene, but wait for them to arrive before you exit your vehicle. This is because, if you suspect that the other driver is under the influence of drugs, they may act erratic or belligerent towards you. In the meantime, you should take a photo of their license plate number, as the drugged driver may be more inclined to flee the scene. 

Then, you should express your concerns to the law enforcement officer, and request that they retrieve a breath sample or otherwise conduct field sobriety tests. You should also obtain copies of these test results, along with the official police report, later on. 

Afterward, in the presence of the law enforcement officer, you should approach the other driver and ask for their contact information, such as their name, phone number, driver’s license number, and insurance policy number, among other things. You should also do the same with any present witnesses. 

You should take photos and videos of the scene and also seek medical attention as directed. But lastly, you should retain the services of a skilled Houston, Texas auto accident lawyer. We will know what to do when it comes to recovering your damages via your personal injury claim and your restitution award via a criminal court judgment. So, give us a call today. 

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