For People Who Have Been Victimized by Drugged Drivers
Whether you are taking a leisurely cross-country drive on vacation with your loved ones or simply driving to work as per usual, the fact of the matter is that our vehicles are vital assets of life. Without these little metal boxes on wheels, we wouldn’t have the ability to travel a mile to a hundred miles too quickly, would we? However, getting from point A to B isn’t very easy when the roadways become a dangerous jungle. Across the United States, thousands of men, women, boys, and girls fall victim to drugged drivers in a flash, and these incidences can range from moderate to deadly. If you or your loved ones have sustained injuries during a drugged driving accident, the best course of action is to stay calm and take appropriate legal action immediately.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT “DRUGGED DRIVING”
As the name suggests, drugged driving takes place when a person who has recently consumed drugs of some nature (sometimes including alcohol) and operates a vehicle afterward. In the same manner as alcohol-impaired driving, drugged driving is exceptionally dangerous and put the driver, passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians at risk of sustaining injuries or, in the worst-case and most tragic scenario, dying.
As expected, different drugs affect drivers in a variety of ways. For example, marijuana can severely impair a driver’s reaction time and attention span, while opioids can impact split-second judgment and decision-making.
STATISTICS CONCERNING DRUGGED DRIVING
Here is a closer look at some statistics concerning drugged driving, as outlined by the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) from 2016 to 2017.
- Among subjects who were at least 16-years-old, 21.4 million of these people drove after consuming alcoholic beverages.
- Among the same group, 12.8 million people consumed illegal drugs before driving.
- 6% of drivers who died in motor vehicle crashes had drugs in their system.
- 5% of these drivers had tested positive for two or more drugs.
- 7% of these drivers had consumed alcohol.
LEGAL ACTION FOR DRUGGED DRIVING IN DELAWARE
As dictated by Delaware Statute Title 21, Chapter 41, Section 4177, no resident of the State of Delaware is, by law, allowed to operate a vehicle if he/she:
- Is intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
- Is intoxicated by a combination of drugs and alcohol.
- Has a blood-alcohol content (BAC) readout of 0.08% or higher
- Has a BAC readout of 0.08% at least four hours after he/she has started driving.
- Has illegal or recreational drugs in his/her system four hours after driving.
For a full-readout of charges listed for drugged driving incidences and other forms of reckless driving, please review Chapter 41 of the Delaware Statutes in full.
YOUR LEGAL SOLUTION
Driving is a part of our lives. Without our vehicles, we wouldn’t have the ability to travel from point A to point B in a short manner of time. However, just a simple drive down the road can quickly turn into a fight for your life if you are involved in a drugged driving accident. Dangerous substances affect hundreds of thousands of people in our country, but you shouldn’t have to suffer at the hands of a negligent driver. Let us help you get the justice you deserve.
We at Edelstein, Martin, & Nelson are passionate about our practice and are dedicated to helping each one of our clients. Each of our attorneys is fully knowledgeable in the laws, rules, and statutes surrounding unfortunate slip and fall accidents throughout the State of Delaware. We can guarantee you will receive the justice you deserve. For legal advice and for more information about our services, contact our office today at 800-300-0909.