We are all well aware that drunk driving poses a very grave threat to all motorists who travel on Chicago's roadways. There are organizations, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, whose purpose it is to inform the public about the dangers of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
However, there does not seem to be the same level of effort aimed at combating drugged driving. This is an unfortunate oversight because drugs can negatively impact a person's ability to control an automobile just as alcohol can.
Drugged driving is not a small problem. In fact, results from a survey conducted in 2013 revealed that approximately 9.9 million people reported having driven while under the effect of illicit narcotics during the year 2012.
The most common substance, after alcohol, that is detected in intoxicated drivers, crash victims and fatally injured drivers is THC. THC is marijuana's active ingredient. Cocaine, opiates, benzodiazepines and amphetamines are also commonly implicated in motor vehicle collisions.
Given the recent legalization of marijuana in some parts of the country, drugged driving is poised to become an even bigger problem. Hopefully, more public awareness will be generated to alert the populace to this growing threat.
Drugged driving is negligent driving. Accidents caused by those under the influence can leave victims with serious or even fatal injuries. An auto collision can cause irreparable harm replete with medical expenses, time lost from work and even the need for long-term care.
If you or a family member is ever hurt in a car crash caused by an impaired driver, you may find it beneficial to enlist the services of an Illinois motor vehicle accident attorney. Securing compensation that effectively covers your present as well potential future expenses can be a daunting task. The attorney could act as your representative in working with insurance companies, or if need be, in a court of law.