In news around the country…there were no major injuries following a car crash caused by a man overdosing on heroine while driving his car last weekend in Chicago. The car, operated by the totally incapacitated driver, rear-ended another car before the man was taken into custody and delivered to a local hospital for treatment.
Des Moines Iowa Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Drunk driving is a well documented cause of motor vehicle accidents, but the use of illicit drugs or the misuse of prescription drugs can make driving just as dangerous. Like alcohol, drugged driving puts drivers, their passengers and other motorists at risk for injury and even death.
The effects of drugs vary. Marijuana can slow reaction time, impair judgment of time and distance, and decrease coordination. Drivers on cocaine or methamphetamine can often be aggressive and reckless. Equally as scary, sedatives can put a driver to sleep behind the wheel. Impairments caused by these wide ranging drugs can lead to serious car accidents, many of which result in injury.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than thirty-one million people drove after drug or alcohol use in 2013. The picture does not get any better a year later when, in 2014, 10 million people over the age of 12 admitted to driving under the influence of illicit drugs alone.
Contact Our Iowa Car Accident Injury Attorneys
Unfortunately, impaired driving causes many car accidents across the country, some of which result in serious injury or death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Iowa motor vehicle accident at the hands of a drunk or drugged driver, contact the personal injury attorneys at Stoltze & Stoltze PLC for help. We have recovered multiple million-dollar settlements for victims of car and truck crashes, and their families, including motor vehicle accident claims involving DUI, drugged driving and distracted driving. Call our offices today at 515-244-1473.