Drugged Driving Accidents in Florida
Florida Car Crash Lawyers for Drugged Driving Accidents
Like Drunk Driving, DUI Drug Accidents Can Leave Victims with Serious Injuries
Driving under the influence of drugs is illegal in Florida—and with good reason. Drugged driving is extremely dangerous. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “[d]rugs other than alcohol (legal and illegal) are involved in about 16% of motor vehicle crashes.” There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel while drug-impaired. If you have been injured or a loved one has tragically lost his or her life, you should speak with a Florida drugged driving accident lawyer about pursuing a claim for financial compensation.
What is Drugged Driving?
Any time a person drives while under the influence of an illegal, over-the-counter or prescription drug, they are engaging in drugged driving. While most people have at least a general understanding of the risks of driving while under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, and illegal drugs like cocaine and crystal methamphetamine (meth), many people are not aware of the risks of driving under the influence of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
However, many types of medications can have significant impairing effects. For example, some of the most common medications that can cause driving impairments include:
Depending on a drug’s specific chemical compounds, potential side effects that can impair a person’s ability to drive safely include:
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Irritability and excitability
- Slowed movement
All of these side effects can significantly increase a driver’s risk of causing an auto accident. Additionally, while each of these side effects can be dangerous on its own, many illegal and legal drugs have multiple side effects that can cause significant driver impairment.
What Are Your Rights Under Florida Law After a DUI Drugs Accident?
If you were injured or if a loved one was killed, in an accident involving a drugged driver, your rights are the same as they would be in any other accident scenario. The driver who was “high” is liable based on the law of negligence, and his or her insurance policy should cover your accident-related losses. If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, you may be able to file a claim under your policy to recover additional compensation.
In some cases, doctor’s offices, hospitals and pharmacies can also be held liable for drugged driving accidents in Florida. This could be the case, for example, if a doctor or nurse administered a patient a drug without discussing its side effects or if a pharmacist dispensed medication without an appropriate warning label. To secure maximum compensation for your losses, you will need to hire an experienced Florida auto accident attorney, and you will want to get started on your claim as soon as possible.
Discuss Your Legal Rights with a Florida Driving Accident Lawyer for Free
For more information about recovering financial compensation after a drugged driving accident in Florida, contact us to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys. You can reach us 24/7, so call 800-780-8607 or request an appointment online now.