When our readers in Washington think of impaired drivers on the roads, they probably think first of drunk drivers. However, it is important to remember that drug-impaired drivers are on the roadways too, impaired by legal and illegal substances alike. Whether a crash is caused by someone impaired by alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs, injured victims may have the opportunity to take legal action to attempt to recover financial compensation.
Impaired driving in America
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps detailed statistics about impaired driving in America, and the statistics may be shocking to our readers. For example, when it comes to drunk driving, the CDC reports that approximately one person dies every 50 minutes in alcohol-related car crashes. That’s about 29 deaths per day in America due to drunk driving.
When it comes to drugs, both legal and illegal drugs, the CDC statistics show that 16% of all car accidents involve these substances. And, in one year alone – 2016 – the statistics show that 1 million people were subjected to arrest due to allegations of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
These large-scale statistics tell the tale of a serious problem facing drivers on our country’s roadways. But, for an injured individual in Washington, their own unique situation is what is most important. Injured car accident victims will likely face mountains of medical bills and other financial concerns, such as the inability to return to work for a period of time. At our law firm, we work with injured victims to help hold impaired drivers accountable for their actions.