Most people in Florida know about the dangers of drunk driving. Unfortunately, many of these same people believe that it’s safe to drive under the influence of drugs. Driving under the influence of marijuana or prescription drugs might be more socially acceptable, but it’s just as dangerous as drunk driving. It’s also illegal in all 50 states.
Why is drugged driving so dangerous?
Drugged driving is just as likely to cause car accidents as drunk driving. When you’re driving under the influence of drugs, you often suffer from slower reaction times and impaired judgment. You could also experience fatigue, dizziness, confusion and other side effects associated with drug use.
Even prescription drugs can inhibit your ability to drive. For example, if you’re under the influence of sleeping pills, you could risk falling asleep at the wheel. Sleeping pills and other types of drugs might be legal, but you could still be arrested if you’re caught driving impaired. You don’t need to be using heroin or marijuana to get pulled over.
Despite this, an increasing percentage of people continues to engage in drugged driving. A 2014 survey revealed that over 12% of people on the road on the weekend were driving under the influence of marijuana. It might not affect you as strongly as alcohol, but anything that affects your perception can make it dangerous to drive.
What if you’re hit by a drugged driver?
Driving while impaired is illegal wherever you go, even if you’re under the influence of perfectly legal drugs. It’s also illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, regardless of whether marijuana is legal in your state. You have the right to seek legal compensation if someone hits your vehicle while driving under the influence of drugs. An attorney could help you put together a case and collect compensation from the other party.